Luge world championships: Canada wins bronze in team relay
Alex Gough, Mitchel Malyk, Tristan Walker, Justin Snith combine for podium finish
Canada's Alex Gough, Mitchel Malyk, Tristan Walker, and Justin Snith combined for a podium finish at the luge world championships in Germany on Sunday, winning bronze in the team relay.
The team -- all hailing from the Calgary area -- set a combined time of two minutes, 45.907 seconds, which was 1.805 seconds back of the Germans, who took gold in 44.062. Latvia captured silver in 2:45.614.
"It [bronze medal] definitely takes a little of the sting away from yesterday, but not all of it," Snith said, who along with teammate Walker fell short of the podium in the doubles race on Saturday as a costly mistake on their final run.
The bronze medal also marked the first World Cup medal of any colour for Malyk, who is filling in this season for injured Canadian men's slider Sam Edney.
"It is absolutely unbelievable and really hasn't sunk in yet," Malyk said. "I knew I had big shoes to fill this year, and I've been working really hard to try and fill them. There is obviously a little extra pressure on me in the relay.
"I just tried to focus on having clean runs. We've been so close all season, but little mistakes have cost us. It was nice to get the monkey off the back and do it today."
Earlier in the day, Olympic champion Felix Loch completed a near-perfect weekend for Germany by claiming his fifth luge world championship.
Loch's combined time of one minute, 38.864 seconds edged fellow German slider Ralf Palik by 0.423.
Wolfgang Kindl of Austria was third, 0.689 behind.
Loch says "it's simply brilliant. Here at home in front of the crowd, it's so awesome."
With files from the Canadian Luge Association