IGLS, Austria -- Canada's Alex Gough, Sam Edney, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith combined to pick up a silver medal at a World Cup luge team relay race on Sunday.
The Canadian team clocked a combined time of 2 minutes, 12.172 seconds, less than a second after the golden German team of Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken at 2:11.798. Italy placed third at 2:12.266.
The luge team relay, which includes three sleds -- a women's single, a men's single, and a doubles crew that completes one run for a combined final time -- is a new discipline that will be included at the 2014 Sochi Olympics for the first time. Athletes hit a pad at the end of their run, which opens the gate at the start for the next team member.
"Silver was a huge day for us," said the 29-year-old Edney, an 11-year veteran of the national squad. "Going into an Olympic year, it's nice to show ourselves we are still there, and knowing that we still push together to get better each week until the big race with the final goal being in February.
"You can't help but realize now we are a medal threat at the Games with our past results. We trained all summer knowing teams would be putting lots of focus and pressure into the relay this year. We did the same and wanted to come into this race showing the strength of our team and each sled that's entered."
Earlier in the day, Walker of Cochrane, Alta., and Snith of Calgary, finished 12th in the doubles race. The Canadians posted a time of 1:21.808.
Germany's Eggert and Benecken edged fellow Germans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt to win gold in the doubles race with a time of 1:21.016. Wendl and Arlt finished in 1:21.099. Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria were third in 1:21.299.
The Luge World Cup now travels to Winterberg, Germany before returning to Canada for a week of racing at the Whistler Sliding Centre in December.