Canada Takes Four of Six Medals in Can Am Luge Open
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ Chris Moffat of Canada led the way, winning the junior mens division, as Canada took four of six medals in the York International Can Am Luge Open.
Moffat led a Canadian sweep in the men’s race, posting the two best runs down Lake Placid’s Olympic luge track. Moffat’s times of 40.131 and 40.341 seconds totaled 1 minute, 20.472 seconds down the two-thirds of a mile long course.
Teammates Ryan Deeks and Eric Pothier were second and third, respectively. Deeks grabbed the silver medal in two-run time of 1:21.268, while Pothier was clocked in 1:21.347.
Top American men were Jim Dolan of Morrisonville, N.Y., brother of World Cup racer Larry Dolan, fifth in 1:21.600. Andrew McConnell of Armonk, N.Y. placed 10th in 1:24.863.
U.S. Junior Becky Wilczak of River Forrest, Ill. slid to the womens gold by a whopping 2.4 seconds. Wilczak recorded times of 40.616 and 40.686 seconds and lead wire-to-wire. Another Calgary junior, Nicole Simon, was second in 1:23.771. Dorie Martin of Denver, Colo was the bronze medalist in 1:23.790. Tracy Heller of Lake Placid, N.Y. finished fourth in 1:24.061 and Krista Hogan, Red Deer, Alberta was fifth in 1:24.707.
The competition was for luge athletes between the ages of 13 and 17.