| Date of Birth:
June 29, 1984
Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 209 lbs.
A solid competitor in both doubles (with Gwyn Lewis) and singles luge, but a master of neither, Sam Edney knew he had a decision to make a year ago with the 2006 Olympics fast approaching. Although it was a painful choice, he decided to drop doubles and focus all of his energy on singles for the 2005-06 season.
After earning a berth on the Canadian Olympic team, courtesy of a pair of 14th-place finishes on the World Cup circuit this season, it appears his gamble has paid off. And the fact that one of those results occurred in front of friends and family in his hometown of Calgary last December made it even sweeter.
Prior to his recent success on the senior circuit, Edney was a top-ranked racer as a junior. Between the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, he totaled eight Top-10 singles results on the Junior World Cup tour, including one gold, two silvers and a bronze.
As a senior, he has enjoyed solid results at the national level, finishing in third and second at the last two Canadian Championships, respectively. However, it wasn't until the 2005-06 season, as mentioned earlier, that Edney would finally be able to break into the Top-20 at a top-flight World Cup event.
Although not considered a threat for a podium finish in Italy, the experience of being there should be invaluable for a young man who should be entering his racing prime just in time for the Vancouver Games in 2010.
When not racing or training, Edney enjoys road cycling, skiing and golf.
2006 Luge Coverage