Canadian Doubles 11th Despite Clean Runs at Luge World Cup in Germany, Women’s Canadian Doubles Team Finishes in Top-15 at Junior World Championships
Canadian Luge Association – Canadian women’s doubles team Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless take on the boys with 14th place finish at Junior World Championships
ALTENBERG, Ger.—Mother Nature was the ultimate winner on the opening day of the Luge World Cup in Altenberg, Germany where Canada’s doubles team of Tristan Walker and Justin Snith finished 11th.
Mild, wet conditions got the best of the world’s fastest luge athletes while blasting down the 15-corner track. The Canadian duo weren’t able to adapt to the challenging conditions, placing 11th at 1:24.271.
“Our runs weren’t that bad at all. The weather just wasn’t on our side again today,” said Walker, who hails from Cochrane, Alta. “We’re definitely going to have to need to find a set up that works in warm, rainy weather conditions with soft ice.”
Once again competitive at the start, the Canucks couldn’t keep pace with the front runners. Austria’s Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller clocked the top two-run time down the highly-technical track at 1:23.463.
Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken finished on the second step of the podium at 1:23.506, while Latvia’s Andris Sics and Juris Sics squeaked into the bronze-medal position with a time of 1:23.849.
Reid Watts, of Whistler, B.C., slid into the top-20 in the men’s race. The 20-year-old posted to a combined time of 1:50.006.
“Altenberg is a very challenging track that I haven’t had very many training runs on. I was happy with my first run but made a few mistakes on the top of the track in my second run that set me back quite a bit,” said Watts. “I know that if I had a cleaner second run, I could’ve held on to that top 15 or even moved up a couple more spots, but overall I just need more runs on this difficult track.”
Germany’s Felix Loch put a golden stamp on his home track with a two-run time of 1:48.669. Austria’s Reinhard Egger celebrated the silver at 1:48.673. Germany’s Johannes Ludwig claimed the bronze at 1:48.780.
Women’s Canadian Doubles Team Finishes in Top-15 at Junior World Championships
Two young Canadian women took on the top men in the Junior World Championship doubles races where they slid to 14th position in Igls, Austria.
Teenagers Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless showcased their potential after putting down two solid runs, finishing with a combined time of 1:22.855.
Women’s doubles racing has been tested throughout the year on the youth and junior circuits. It was the first time the women competed in a men’s race.
The top Canucks finished just over two seconds behind gold medallists from Germany, Hannes Orlamuender and Paul Constantin Gubitz, who clocked-in at 1:20.623.
The Russians claimed the silver and bronze medals. Dmitry Buchnev and Daniil Kilseev were second at 1:20.830. Andrey Shander and Semen Mikov slid to a bronze-medal time of 1:21.198.
Canada’s Devin Wardrope and Thomas Fassnidge did not qualify for the second run with the top-20, placing 21st.
Later in the day, Nash and Corless anchored Canada’s entry into the World Championship team relay event.
The doubles squad joined up with Calgary’s Sam Judson and Colton Clarke (Airdrie, Alta.) where they finished eighth at 2:13.392.
Austria won the relay with a time of 2:10.926. Germany was second at 2:10.954, while Russia locked up the bronze at 2:11.174.
Complete Doubles Results: https://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/rl2wcdoubles-27.pdf
Complete Men’s Singles Results: https://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/rl2wcmen-30.pdf
Complete World Junior Championship Results: https://www.fil-luge.org/en/multimedia/fil-junior-world-championships-3
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