| Date of Birth:
February 2, 1983
Place of Birth: Vancouver, BC
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 189 lbs.
After hitting the qualifying standard in luge for the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, but then being forced to the sidelines as an alternate, Jeff Christie vowed things would be different this time around.
Fortunately, his 17th-place ranking on the World Cup circuit after last season, coupled with his career-best fifth-place showing on his home track in Calgary this past December, were enough to catapult him on to the team bound for Turin in 2006.
Christie first started competing at the national level back in the 1997-98 season. That year, one month shy of his 15th birthday, he came in 10th-place at the Canadian Championships. Over the following few years, Christie would compete primarily in the junior ranks and by the 2002-03 season was one of the top young sliders in the world, notching four Top-10 finishes on the Junior World Cup tour that season.
That same year, Christie began racing in more senior World Cup events and, while he struggled somewhat, he did gradually improve his results with each passing season. In 2004-05, he accumulated five Top-20 finishes, in addition to his sweet 12th-place finish at the 2005 World Championships in Park City, Utah.
Although Christie has been on the team for five years, the fact he is only 23 is a major plus. Assuming he continues his steady improvement, he could be vying for a medal by 2010, when the Olympics are in Vancouver.
When not racing or training, Christie enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and biking.
February 14: 24 seconds with Jeff Christie
2006 Luge Coverage