Tristan Walker and Justin Snith Content in Fifth at Luge World Cup in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, NY—Knowing it would take a flawless race to land on the podium, Canada’s Tristan Walker and Justin Snith were satisfied with a fifth-place finish in doubles racing at the Luge World Cup in Lake Placid, NY on Saturday.
The 27-year-olds teamed up to clock a time of 1:28.358 in their two trips down the 16-corner track that winds down Mount Hoevenberg.
“The doubles race in Lake Placid is kind of like heading down to the roulette table,” said Calgary’s Justin Snith. “We hit a wall on each of the two runs but we got lucky enough that it tends to be a bit of a struggle here for everyone. It is not our favourite track, but we had quite a few runs here in the fall so that plays into our advantage.”
The Olympic silver medallists have had top-five outings in Lake Placid in each of the last three years. They were fourth two years ago and won their third career World Cup medal on the tricky chute last season.
They were in tough on Saturday with mere fractions of a second separating a deep doubles field.
“A top-five the way this field is right now is pretty good for us,” added Walker, of Cochrane, Alta. “We had a couple of small mistakes but if we want to make it to the podium we need to be striving for perfection.”
The Germans won the gold and silver again on Saturday. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken clocked the winning time of 1:27.492, topping their teammates Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, who finished second at 1:27.812.
Austria’s Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller rounded out the podium in third at 1:28.032.
Complete Doubles Results: https://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/rl2wcdoubles-24.pdf
Reid Watts was the lone Canadian in the men’s singles race. The 19-year-old from Whistler, B.C. bounced back in his final run after a difficult first trip down the track to finish 22nd at 1:44.480.
Russia’s Roman Repilov won the men’s singles race at 1:43.048.
The World Cup continues in Lake Placid with the women’s singles races on Sunday.
Complete Men’s Singles Results: https://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/rl2wcmen-29.pdf
Sam Judson leads Canadian juniors with two fifth-place finishes in Calgary
Calgary’s Sam Judson blew into fifth place in the junior women’s singles race on a gusty day at her home track of Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park on Saturday morning.
With high winds forcing race officials to shorten the event to a one-run race, the 18-year-old was the lone Canuck in the top-five with a time of 44.914.
Austria’s Hannah Prock won the race with a time of 44.664. The Germans grabbed the final two spots on the podium. Anna Berreiter was second (44.666), while Jessica Dagenhardt placed third at 44.709.
Judson was back in the start handles to lead the young Canadian squad in the team relay competition.
Judson joined forces with 17-year-old Colton Clarke (Airdrie, Alta.), along with Devin Wardrope (Calgary) and Thomas Fassnidge (Bragg Creek, Alta.) to finish fifth in the team event. The Canucks stopped the clock at 2:13.956.
The team relay is a one-run race that includes one women’s singles sled, one men’s singles sled and a doubles team. Athletes hit a paddle that hangs above the track after they cross the finish line to open the start gate for the next athlete to go with the clock still running.
The Germans were quickest on the day, finishing with a time of 2:12.989. Russia placed second at 2:13.366, while the Americans finished third at 2:13.818.
Junior Women’s World Cup Results: https://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/327b-jlwc-jr-w-dec-15.pdf
Junior Team Competition Results: https://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/328-jlwc-team-comp-dec-15.pdf
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