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Canada slide into sixth spot at World Cup in Austria

The Canadian Press

11/23/2013 2:17:30 PM

IGLS, Austria -- Canada's Sam Edney matched his best-ever finish on a track in Europe after sliding into sixth spot at the season's second luge World Cup meet.

The 29-year-old from Calgary shook off early-season rust after a disappointing season-opener last week in Norway to clock a two-run time of 1 minute, 41.200 seconds.

"I'm pumped with today's result," Edney said. "I knew Norway would be a tough start to the season, but this confirms that I'm still right there knocking on the podium door."

Edney, who has the nation's best-ever Olympic finish for a Canadian -- seventh in 2010 -- climbed five spots in the standings after clocking the fourth fastest time in his second blast down the relatively flat Igls track.

Germany's Felix Loch finished first in the men's competition in 1:40.878, ahead of Germany's David Moller (1:41.052) and Dominik Fischnaller of Italy (1:41.102).

Calgary's Mitchel Malyk placed 23rd (1:41.894) in his first men's singles race of the year.

Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won the women's race, finishing two runs in 1:20.135. Geisenberger has nine wins and three runner-up finishes in the last 12 World Cup or world championship races.

German women finished 1-2-3-4, with Tatjana Hufner (1:20.167), Anke Wischnewski (1:20.311) and Dajana Eitberger (1:20.536) following Geisenberger.

After opening the season with a bronze medal, Canada's Alex Gough dropped to seventh place. The 26-year-old from Calgary struggled to find her top form while posting a combined time of 1:20.700.

Calgary's Arianne Jones was 19th (1:20.960) and Kimberley McRae placed 24th (1:21.323).