Canadian Lugers Settle for Sixth in World Cup Relay
KONIGSSEE, Ger.— Two Canadian teenagers and two Olympic medallists teamed up to finish sixth in the relay competition at the Luge World Cup in Konigssee, Germany.
Calgary’s Carolyn Maxwell led the Canucks out of the gate in her first ever relay. The 18-year-old handed off to 19-year-old Reid Watts (Whistler, B.C.) who turned things over to Calgary-based veterans Tristan Walker and Justin Snith for the anchor leg. The Canucks combined to post a time of 2:50.252.
“This is a young team who continues to gain valuable experience in preparation for the World Championships,” said Walter Corey, high-performance director, Luge Canada. “These races are new territory for our youngsters like Carolyn and Reid and very good experiences for their continued development. There are lots of positives to take away from this result including our doubles team having the fastest reaction time. We will continue to push ourselves in training to get faster.”
Germany won the relay with a time of 2:47.982. Austria placed second at 2:48.182, while the Americans grabbed the bronze medal with a time of 2:48.487.
The relay is a one-run bomb race that starts with one women’s sled, followed by men’s singles and then the doubles. Athletes hit a paddle that hangs over the track past the finish line to clear the track for the next slider with the clock still running.
COMPLETE RELAY RESULTS: https://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/rlteam-2.pdf
Earlier in the day, Reid Watts carried the Canadian flag into the men’s singles race which was shortened to one run due to heavy snow. The 2018 Olympian struggled to a 26th-place finish on the demanding Konigssee track, stopping the clock at 51.239.
Austria’s Reinhard Egger won the men’s race with a time of 50.084. Italy’s Dominik Fischnaller was second at 50.104. Germany’s Sebastian Bley slid to a time of 50.192 to earn the final spot on the podium.
Complete Men’s Singles Results: https://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/rlfinalwcmen.pdf
The Viessmann Luge World Cup now travels to Sigulda, Latvia. The Canadian squad will remain in Germany for a week of training prior to World Championships.
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