Date of Birth:  August 3, 1979
 Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
 Residence: Airdrie, AB
 Years on National Team:
 6
 Height:  5'11"
 Weight: 161 lbs.

Eric Pothier first discovered luge as a youngster during summer camp back in 1989. A year later, and despite a nasty wipeout, he decided to stick with the exciting new sport. By 1998, he had hooked up with Chris Moffat to become one of the top junior doubles tandems in Canada. Although he continued to race individually, it was in doubles that Pothier would achieve his best results.

During the 1998-99 season, the duo would notch five Top-5 results on the Junior World Cup circuit, as well as a ninth-place finish at the Junior World Championships.

They would move to the senior ranks for the 1999-00 season, and although they would claim gold at the Canadian Championships, they would find competing against better funded and more professionally trained teams from Europe a major challenge.

In 2002, the pair would claim Canada's best ever doubles result at the Olympic Games with a fifth-place finish in Salt Lake City. Despite the Olympic success, Moffat opted to leave the sport, forcing Pothier to find a new partner. But it didn't take long. Soon he was racing with Grant Albrecht, who had been paired with Moffat's younger brother Mike, who, like his older sibling, had decided to leave competition.

Since teaming up, Albrecht and Pothier have been Canadian doubles champs three times (2003, 2004 and 2005). On the World cup circuit, their best results have come on their home turf in Calgary, where they have fourth, fifth and ninth-place results over the past few years.

At a race in Turin earlier this year, the duo came 12th, giving them hope that if all goes right at the Games, they have a chance for a solid result.




2006 Luge Coverage