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Top 10 for Meaghan

Jan 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Athletes Blog


Germans sweep podium, Gough finishes 15th while Lauscher settles in 16th

OBERHOF, Ger. – Canada’s Meaghan Simister found her way back into the top-10 after another steady race at the Luge World Cup in Oberhof, Germany on Sunday.The 22-year-old Calgarian, who is one of the strongest athletes on the international circuit, exploded out of the start handles to chart two of the fastest start times of the day. Simister, who finished ninth at last year’s World Championships on the challenging Oberhof track, made a number of minor mistakes but settled for a 10th-place finish at one minute 28.147.

“I am really not looking at results right now but trying to focus on putting two consistent runs together. I am racing the way I’m training so I have to be happy,” said Simister, who is admittedly tired while coming to the end of a long journey around European tracks. “I am still developing and I know I can continue to improve. We are looking forward to competing next week in Altenberg and then returning home.”

Two other Canadians joined Simister in Germany. Calgary’s Alex Gough, who has posted career-best results over the last month, squeaked her way into the final spot in the top-15 on Sunday. Gough clocked-in at 1:28.258. Regan Lauscher, of Red Deer, Alta., who is one of Canada’s most consistent sliders, continued her comeback into top form after double shoulder surgery. Lauscher, who has little strength in her starts, finished 16th at 1:28.277.

The German women had another ho hum week sweeping the World Cup podium. Tatjana H├╝fner finished on top at 1:26.493. Natalie Geisenberger finished in second spot at 1:26.621, while Anke Wischnewski completed the sweep in third (1:27.108).

The Canadian Luge Team now heads to Altenberg, Germany for the final event in Europe before returning to North America.

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