Edney, Gough Canada's best hope for luge gold in Sochi

Team leader Sam Edney (left) shakes hands with Chef de Mission Steve Podborski during the revealing...

Team leader Sam Edney (left) shakes hands with Chef de Mission Steve Podborski during the revealing of Canada's Olympic luge team at Ronald McDonald House in Calgary Tuesday December 17, 2013. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

JAMES EMERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:06 PM ET

CALGARY - If Canada is going to buck the trend of podium misses in luge at the Olympic level, the country’s best hopes for a medal in at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games may lie with Alex Gough and Sam Edney.

The two prolific luge athletes, along with five others, were officially named to Canada’s Olympic team that will jet to Russia and continue their quest for the nation’s first gold in the sport since it debuted back in Innsbruck, Austria in 1964.

And they’re both building off early-season success this year.

Edney, 29, embarking on his third podium quest at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, after finishing seventh in Vancouver in ’10 and 19th in Turin in ’06, knows what a medal in the sport would mean for the nation and the sport.


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