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OBERHOF, Ger.—The veterans of the Canadian Luge Team, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith, battled to their second top-10 finish of the World Cup season, sliding to ninth place in Oberhof, Germany on Saturday.

The Canucks tinkered with equipment, pulled two seventh place starts and mixed together a couple of consistent runs down the 12-corner track to clock a combined time of 1:23.560.

“We changed some things up with equipment and tried to find some speed,” said Snith. “The speed was there but with a few costly mistakes we definitely threw a better result away.”

The 30-year-old Calgarians have struggled to find their top form during the Olympic season. The most successful doubles tandem in Canadian luge history found comfort on the Oberhof track where they have posted three, top-five finishes throughout their career.

“It took quite a few years for us to enjoy it here. We used to dread it, but Oberhof is a bit like Sigulda in the fact that it takes a few years to really figure it out and get comfortable,” added Snith. “We are on the right track, but we need to put it down the hill straight. This is a good step forward because on our other setup we would have much better runs but never finished in the top-10.”

The Germans grabbed the top-two steps on the doubles podium. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken were tops in both heats to win with a time of 1:22.651. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished behind their teammates in second at 1:22.967.

Italy’s Emanuel Rieder and Simon Kainzwaldner slid to the bronze medal after stopping the clock at 1:23.102.

Canada’s Reid Watts was 27th in the men’s singles race. The Whistler, B.C. slider posted a time of 1:26.671.

The Germans swept the podium. Johannes Ludwig clocked the top time at 1:25.069. Max Langenhan was second at 1:25.373, while Felix Loch slid to the bronze with a time of 1:25.385.

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

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