| Date of Birth:
February 22, 1984
Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 185 lbs.
For an athlete trying to carve out a name for himself in a European dominated sport like luge, Ian Cockerline will to need to achieve better results on the other side of the Atlantic.
Like fellow Calgary native Sam Edney, Cockerline began to race at a young age. When he won his first national level race in the Boys II Division at the Junior Canadian Championships in March of 1998, he was just 14 years of age. Over the next few years, he would quickly establish himself as one of the top young racers in the country, accumulating many provincial and national podium finishes.
By the 2002-03 racing season, Cockerline was splitting his time between the junior and senior World Cup circuits. In that first year against top-echelon competition, though, the young slider struggled.
He would again split time between the two circuits the following season, before finally joining the seniors for good in 2004-05. Over his years on the World Cup, Cockerline has had some solid results, including 14th and 16th-place World Cup finishes in Calgary and Salt Lake City, respectively, during the 2003-04 season, as well as a 19th-place result at the 2004 World Championships in Nagano, Japan.
Unfortunately, Cockerline's best finish in Europe -- the home continent of luge -- was a 21st at Winterburg, Germany, in January of 2004. Perhaps a shot at performing on the world's biggest stage in Turin in 2006 will give him the push he needs to break out of his current European funk.
Never one to sit still, Cockerline enjoys playing soccer and squash, as well as, mountain biking.
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