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Jan 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Athletes Blog

Jeff Christie Socked in at 13h on Luge World Cup, Moffat Brothers Finish 12th

Canada’s Kim McRae wins bronze medal at Junior Luge World Cup

Oberhof, Ger. – Jeff Christie was en route to posting his best World Cup luge finish of the season, but Mother Nature had other things in mind, forcing the Canadian to settle for 13th-spot in Oberhof, Germany on Saturday.The 25-year-old was sitting in the top-10 after the opening heat, but heavy rain which turned to snow, derailed many of the world’s best luge athletes and opened the door to the podium for those with early start positions in the second run. Christie clocked a two-run time of one minute 31.798 seconds.

“We were at the mercy of the weather today,” said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team, who added Jan Eichorn, the race winner started early in the second heat and stormed to the top of the leaderboard before the weather rolled in. “Jeff actually had a couple of rough runs, but he was in the mix and there was nothing we could do with the conditions.”

Christie’s World Cup and Olympic teammates, Sam Edney and Ian Cockerline, also suited up on Saturday. The Calgarians finished 19th (1:31.908) and 31st (1:33.06) respectively.

Germany’s Jan Eichorn won the lottery with a slow opening run to take advantage of ideal conditions in his final trip down the 14-curve 1,130-metre track. Eichorn clocked the winning time at 1:31.377 to lead the German sweep of the podium. Felix Loch was second (1:31.412), while David Möller joined his mates in third (1:31.494).

Canada’s Chris and Mike Moffat continue to build their strength back after an off-season injury to compete with the world’s best double luge athletes. The Calgary brothers finished middle of the pack in 12th after clocking a two-run time of 1:27.248.

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, of Germany, won the men’s doubles race with a time of 1:26.169.

Meanwhile, a group of young Canucks enjoyed another strong weekend on Junior Luge World Cup down the road in Altenberg, Germany. Calgary’s Kim McRae captured the bronze medal in the Youth A women’s division after clocking a two-run time of 1:23.941. Luzie Löscher, of Germany, won the race with a time of 1:23.219. Calgary’s Elena Corrigall narrowly missed the podium in fourth-place (1:23.995).

“Kim’s results this weekend is an excellent achievement on a track where she crashed last year,” said Walter Corey, high-performance director, Canadian Luge Association. “I know she took the challenge to improve that result and it is great to see. Being able to medal in the youth category is a strong step forward for her future and she is one of a great group that is building a strong junior luge program Canada.”

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

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