February 9, 2012, Lake Placid, NY (ISN) – Canada’s luge athletes came up short in their charge for the podium, finishing fourth in a World Cup team relay event at Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday.
Led by Calgary’s Alex Gough, who clocked the third-fastest time of the women’s sleds, the team of Calgary’s Sam Edney along with doubles sled Tristan Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary’s Justin Snith, the Canadians posted a combined time of 2:36.004.
“I think this shows us a podium isn’t a sure thing in the relay,” said Edney, who was part of the silver-medal winning team last weekend at the World Championships. “We know we need three clean runs to have a shot at the medals. We realized this right away and we are going regroup and get at it in a couple of weeks in Sochi which is the big test.”
The Germans finished on top with a time of 2:34.894. The Americans grabbed second spot at 2:35.001, while Italy slid to the bronze medal at 2:35.474.
Included in the 2014 Olympic line-up, the team competition consists of one female sled, one male sled and one doubles team sled. Each athlete completes one run for a combined final time. Consistency amongst all three sliders is the key to success in the team event. Athletes hit a pad that hangs over the track at the finish, which in turn opens the gate at the start for the next team member.
Earlier in the day, Canada’s two-time Olympian, Sam Edney, had another solid World Cup result, finishing sixth in the men’s singles race.
The 28-year-old was sitting in fifth spot after the first run, but made a small error heading into the final corner of his second trip down the Olympic track on Mount Van Hoevenberg, which killed his speed and dropped him one spot with a two-run time of 1:45.217.
“I was really pushing myself on that second run and just made a small mistake on a big uphill section towards the final curve,” said Edney, who finished a career-best fifth last weekend. “I am super pleased with this result. It proves to me that I am moving to where I need to be and can be in the mix with the best in the world.”
The Italian sliders swept the podium in Lake Placid. The legendary Armin Zoggeler clocked a golden time of 1:44.655. Dominik Fischnaller slid to the silver at 1:44.867, while David Mair rounded out the men’s podium in third place at 1:45.005.
The top luge athletes on the planet now take one week off before traveling to Sochi, Russia for the final World Cup race of the season.
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Top-Five Team Relay Results:
1. Germany, 2:34.894; 2. United States, 2:35.001; 3. Italy, 2:35.474; 4. Canada, 2:36.004; 5. Romania, 2:37.725
Men’s Top-Five and Canadian Results:
1. Armin Zoggeler, ITA, 1:44.655; 2. Dominik Fischnaller, ITA, 1:44.867; 3. David Mair, ITA, 1:45.005; 4. Thor Haug Norbech, NOR, 1:45.088; 5. Chris Mazdzer, USA, 1:45.197
6. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:45.217