Two-medal weekend for Canadian lugers at home 

Gough's silver, relay team's runner-up finish in Whistler encouraging as Olympics approach

click to enlarge Better than Bronze Canada's Alex Gough finishes up her first run in women's World Cup luge competition on Dec. 7 at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Gough captured a silver medal in her individual race and helped the Canadian relay squad to a runner-up finish as well.
  • Better than Bronze Canada's Alex Gough finishes up her first run in women's World Cup luge competition on Dec. 7 at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Gough captured a silver medal in her individual race and helped the Canadian relay squad to a runner-up finish as well.

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TRACK DESIGNATED AS NATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE

Canada's sliding sport federations and Whistler Sport Legacies (WSL) announced last week that the Whistler Sliding Centre has been designated as a national training centre.

According to a Dec. 4 release, the 2010 Olympic venue operator, Luge Canada and Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see all parties work together to increase Canada's competitiveness in international competition and share long-term goals of promoting sliding sports nationally.

"The 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Whistler Sliding Centre have played a critical role in developing Canada's luge athletes from participants to medal contenders at levels on the international stage," said Luge Canada executive director Tim Farstad in the release. "

A newly formed national training centre committee will have equal representation from the three groups and will "explore opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of the national training centre in a financially sustainable manner," said the release.

"Our three organizations working together will certainly help elevate sliding sports in Canada," said WSL president and CEO Roger Soane. "We are pleased to make our commitment to sliding sports official."

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