Canada’s Tristan Walker and Justin Snith Finish Ninth at Luge World Cup in Calgary
Canadian Luge Association – CALGARY—Canada’s Tristan Walker and Justin Snith struggled to a ninth-place finish in doubles racing, while Reid Watts chalked up a career-best 15th-place finish in men’s singles at the Viessmann Luge World Cup on Friday in Calgary.
The veterans of the Canadian team squeaked into the top-10 after a costly mistake midway down the 10-corner doubles track at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park, finishing 1:28.438.
“To be 100 per cent honest, that was a driving error in curve eight on the first run. We were trying to correct a small problem we had in the last training run, and it went too far the other way. That’s racing, we will learn from it, let it go and get on to the next one,” said Walker (Cochrane, Alta.).
Sitting in 10th spot after their first descent down the icy chute they developed on in their home city, the 27-year-olds climbed one position in the standings in the final heat.
“We made just a bit too many mistakes at the bottom. We are not totally happy about it, but it’s a racing sport and we need to build on it,” added Snith (Calgary). “We will take it as a training run for the relay tomorrow, and hopefully throw a good one down in the relay.”
The Germans grabbed the top-two spots on the doubles podium. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt locked up the gold medal with a time of 1:27.489. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken slid to the silver, clocking-in at 1:27.580. Austria’s Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller held on for the bronze medal with a time of 1:27.761.
Canadian Teen Reid Watts Slides to Career Best 15th Place
Reid Watts slid to a career-best 15th-place finish in the singles race Friday afternoon.
The 19-year-old teen out of Whistler, B.C. clocked a two-run time of 1:29.952.
“Overall I had two solid runs. A few mistakes here and there, but I’m really happy with today and was much better than last week in Whistler,” said Watts, who was 12th at the Olympic Winter Games in 2018. “Consistency is the key out here with these top guys. They just bring it every time they get to the top of the track – run after run – they are always consistent. That is what I need to continue to work on.”
Watts’ previous best World Cup result came last year on the 14-corner Canada Olympic Park track when he was 17th.
Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl won the men’s singles race with a time of 1:29.249. Roman Repilov, of Russia, slid to second place at 1:29.315. Austria’s David Gleirscher finished third at 1:29.370.
Two other young Canucks were also in the start handles. Canada’s 17-year-old Colton Clarke, of Airdrie, Alta., finished 22nd (1:30.343) in his first World Cup start. Matt Riddle, of Whistler, B.C., was 23rd (1:30.387).
The Viessmann Luge World Cup continues on Saturday morning with the women’s singles race at 9:40 a.m. followed by the Viessmann Team Relay World Cup presented by BMW. Double Olympic medallist and Canada’s most decorated luge athlete, Alex Gough, will officially mark the end of her illustrious career with one final slide when she fore-runs the women’s race.
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