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Watts secures bronze at YOG

Luger wins Canada's first medal of 2016 event in Norway
Reid Watts of Whistler slides during Youth Olympic Games action in Lillehammer, Norway on Feb. 14. Watts won bronze in men's singles. Photo by Thomas Lovelock for YIS/IOC

Lillehammer hadn't been the kindest track to Reid Watts in the past.

But after the 17-year-old Whistlerite struggled at last year's Junior World Championships, the two settled on a truce this time around as Watts slid well enough to secure a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Norway on Sunday.

Sitting fifth after the first run, Watts shot up the standings, taking the second-best time in the second run to take third behind Latvia's Kristers Aparjods and Germany's Paul-Lukas Heider. Aparjods captured the win with a combined time of 1:35.309 to finish well ahead of Heider and Watts, who were 0.646 and 0.685 seconds back, respectively.

In a release, the event's lone Canadian beamed about his Youth Olympic Games debut.

"This is absolutely awesome. I'm super excited about this," said Watts. "I really felt that if I had two really good runs, I could be on that podium. I put down two consistent runs, and I did it.

"It is so special for me to represent my country, but to win the first medal for Canada at the Games so far is even more exciting. I hope the entire Canadian team here can build on this and we are able to celebrate many more in the next week."

The Games run until Feb. 21.