Tristan Walker and Justin Snith had no idea they had just made Canadian history.
The 21-year-olds earned Canada's best finish ever in doubles at a FIL Luge World Championships by placing fourth on Friday afternoon. In the evening race, they watched teammate Sam Edney set another Canadian best in men's singles when he finished fifth.
"Best result in Canadian history? I didn't even know that," said a surprised Walker after being told of the accomplishment. "It's not a bad feeling."
Previously, Mike Moffat and Grant Albrecht's sixth-place finish in Calgary 12 years ago was the best by a Canadian duo in a world championship race. Walker and Snith used two personal-best starts to help set the new mark.
With a two-run, combined time of one minute 13.346 seconds, Walker and Snith finished less than eight-hundredths of a second out of the bronze-medal position.
"I'm really happy with the result," said Walker. "Even with the mistakes we made on the first run, there's nothing we could have done more to push for that next spot. I think we slid pretty much as well as we could slide today."