Canadians dominate on first day of Junior World Cup in Whistler 

Youth A men sweep podium in singles, doubles

click to flip through (7) PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - ALL CANADIAN PODIUM: From left to right, Matt Riddle, Adam Shippit, and Reid Watts swept the Youth A Boys podium in Junior World Cup action on Thursday, while Nicky Klimchuk-Brown finished fourth.
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  • ALL CANADIAN PODIUM: From left to right, Matt Riddle, Adam Shippit, and Reid Watts swept the Youth A Boys podium in Junior World Cup action on Thursday, while Nicky Klimchuk-Brown finished fourth.
 

There was a flood of red and white at Whistler Sliding Centre on Thursday.

Canadians won seven of the 12 medals awarded on Day 1 of the Junior World Cup in luge.

Pemberton's Adam Shippit took gold in the Youth A Men event with a time of 1:17.850 minutes. Whistler's Matt Riddle was the silver medallist with 1:18.146, and Reid Watts, also of Whistler, won bronze with a 1:18.186. Squamish's Nicky Klimchuk-Brown, who was in medal position after the first heat, finished fourth with a time of 1:18.286 after being passed by Watts in the second heat.

"The overall feel of the race was really good, and I couldn't have asked for it any other way," said Shippit, who added that Canadians held a significant advantage by competing on their home track.

Riddle and Watts returned to the podium later in the day, earning gold in the Youth A Men's doubles event with a time of 1:21.115. The team of Klimchuk-Brown and Lucas Gebauer-Barrett was second, finishing 0.663 seconds behind, while Evan Wildman and Heath Karpyshyn finished the Canadian sweep 1.033 seconds behind. A Ukrainian team of Roman Radchenkov and Orest Sobota did not take a second run after struggling mightily in its first, ensuring three Canadian medals.

The final Canadian medallist was Kyla Graham, who won bronze in the Youth A Women's event. Graham posted a 1:21.443, compared to gold medallist Olesa Mikhaylenko's 1:21.290 and silver medallist Yulia Naumova's 1:21.361 to score two medals for Russia.

In the other event of the day, Russia's Stanislav Maltcev and Oleg Faskhutdinov were the gold medallists in the Junior Men's doubles. Germany's Florian Loeffler and Manuel Stiebing were second, and Russia's Evgeny Evdokimov and Alexey Groshev were third.

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