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Canada scores luge silver in Germany

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KONIGSSEE, Germany -- Canada continued to push towards its first Olympic luge medal, winning silver in the team relay at a World Cup event Sunday.

Sam Edney, Alex Gough and Justin Snith, all from Calgary, and Tristan Walker of Cochrane, Alta., joined forces to win silver in two minutes 44.499 seconds.

"We had a race full of little mistakes from all three sleds including Sam bumping the wall off the start. Having made mistakes, and to still finish second, shows the class these three sleds are sliding in right now," said Canada head coach Wolfgang Staudinger. "It was another great day and we are happy with how things are going."

Germany finished on top at 2:42.781, while Italy took bronze in 2:44.681.

It was the third silver for the Canadian foursome in the team relay this year.

"It gets tighter and tighter every week and less room for mistakes," said Staudinger. "Nothing is a guarantee in this race. Can very easily be standing in fourth and not very happy. That's what makes this event so exciting. With three sleds there is lots of room for error, but our results show we are definitely in the game."

The team competition consists of one female sled, one male sled and one doubles team sled. Each athlete completes one run for a combined final time. The event will make its Olympic debut next month at the Sochi Games.

In singles, Felix Loch of Germany easily won his third World Cup race of the season , posting the fastest heat in both runs and beating Italy's Armin Zoeggeler by nearly a second.

Loch finished in 1:38.266 seconds. Zoeggeler's time was 1:39.129 and Switzerland's Gregory Cariget was third in 1:39.203.

-- The Canadian Press, with files from The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 6, 2014 C4

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