Sam Edney Leads Canadian Luge Athletes in 11th at World Cup

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Chris Dornan

 

(ISN) – OBERHOF, Ger.–Canada’s top luge athletes struggled to find their top gear as the World Cup resumed in Oberhof, Germany on Saturday.

Calgary’s Sam Edney posted the best time for a Canadian sled in the men’s singles race after combining a two-run time of 1:27.774.

“Overall Sam had a very good race today, but it was so tight between spots three and 15,” said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team. “There were a few small mistakes that need to be cleaned up. If we clean those up then there is a lot more possible because it is so tight.”

World Cup leader and reigning Olympic champion, Felix Loch of Germany, finished on top of the men’s singles race with a time of 1:26.828. Andi Langenhan, also of Germany, was second at 1:27.039, while American Chris Mazdzer slid to the bronze medal for the third-straight race with a time of 1:27.466

The Canadian duo of Tristan Walker (Cochrane, Alta.) and Justin Snith (Calgary), also had a tough outing, crashing in corner 12 which dropped them into 20th place. The 23-year-olds slid to a two-run time of 1:37.163.

Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the doubles race with a time of 1:22.762. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, also of Germany, were second at 1:22.779. Russia’s Alexandr Denisyev and Vladislav Antonov slid to the final step on the men’s podium with a time of 1:22.332.

The World Cup continues on Sunday in Oberhof with the women’s singles races.

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