Luge Canada

Second Junior World Cup - Best-Ever World Cup Finish for Canada's Meaghan Simister

The Second Junior World Cup wound up today with the Men's Junior I, the Women's Junior I and II and the Doubles events. This weekend's competition was the last Junior World Cup meet in the pre-Christmas program.

In the Women's Junior I event, Canada's Meaghan Simister recorded her best-ever Junior World Cup result with a 6th place finish. Meaghan's time of 1:33.746 was 1.073 seconds off the gold medal pace set by the United States' Samantha Retrosi.

"With a best ever World Cup result, I'm obviously very happy with my performance here today," said the young Calgary athlete, "My first run was good and strong and if I had managed to do the same thing in the second heat, I think I would have placed even higher over all. But I committed one or two small errors in my second run which was enough to leave me with a 6th place final result."

The Women's Junior II event was won by Germany's Tatjana Hüfner with a time of 1:31.398. Canada's Abbie Lovatt finished 8th in 1:32.605.

"My performance here today is a major improvement over last weekend's meet in Oberhof. But I need to get in more World Cup races if I'm to move up in the over all standings, said Abbie. "I'm really looking forward to the second part of the season."

In the doubles event, the United States' Yukio Griffall and Dan Joye captured the gold medal with 1:30.859. Canada's Mike Lane and Matt McMurray finished in 7th place.

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Source: Jennifer Pashniak, CLA
Tim Farstad, CLA-OLTC, 403-247-9884