Members of Canada's luge team hope a new children's book featuring their sport helps encourage more kids to get into it. Alex Gough and Sam Edney were among lugers who read from "Lucy Tries Luge" to kids in Calgary Tuesday.
Canada's luge team is peaking at the right time for the Winter Olympics.The sliders finished last season on a high with medals and top-five results at the world championship in Whistler, B.C.They intend to carry that momentum into their World Cup races this season and the Winter Games in February.The team departs next week for training at the 2014 Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia, and then opens the World Cup season Nov. 13-17 in Lillehammer, Norway.``We're all confident in our abilities right now,'' Calgary slider Sam Edney said Tuesday. ``It's a matter of can we continue that and continue where we left off last year? I know everyone wants to and in the mindset they're able to.''Edney and the men's doubles team of Tristan Walker of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary's Justin Snith posted the best results of their careers to conclude the 2012-13 season.Edney was fifth in men's singles at the world championship to cap a season of five top-10 results. Walker and Snith were fourth and placed fourth in two other World Cup races, including an Olympic test event in Sochi.They give Canada medal threats in addition to Alex Gough in women's singles. Since 2010, the Calgarian has won 11 World Cup medals, including two gold, and took bronze in Whistler for her second career world championship medal in women's singles.The rise up the ranks of Edney and the doubles team is significant because of the team relay event that will makes its Olympic debut in Sochi. Gough, Edney, Walker and Snith combined to win a world silver medal in Whistler.A Canadian has never won an Olympic medal in luge. This team hopes to change that in 2014.``We finished last season on a bit of a high,'' said Walter Corey, the Canadian team's high-performance director. ``Our focus is obviously to ride that momentum, but we'd be silly to assume it's going to continue. Every one else in the world is training hard as well.