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Luge team confident in first medal

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CALGARY -- World championship and World Cup medallist Alex Gough and two-time Olympian Sam Edney will lead a promising Canadian luge team into the Sochi Games with the goal of bringing home the country's first Olympic medal in the sport.

The Canadian Luge Association officially named seven athletes to the 2014 Olympic team Tuesday. Edney, will lead teenagers John Fennell and Mitchel Malyk into their first Games in men's singles. Tristan Walker and Justin Snith will represent Canada in doubles, while Gough, will be joined by Kimberley McRae in women's singles.

Arianne Jones and Jordan Smith will race off in Calgary today and Thursday for the final women's spot.

Gough snapped Germany's 13-year, 105-race winning streak when she became the first Canadian to win a World Cup luge race in 2011. Gough has since become the first to Canadian to win multiple world championship and World Cup medals.

"Success breeds success, and now all athletes on our team believe they too can win," said Gough, who is also a two-time Olympian.

Canada has competed in luge at every Olympic Games since Grenoble 1968, but has yet to medal. They hope to contend in all disciplines in Sochi, including the new luge relay event.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 18, 2013 C6

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