Canadian luge team chasing down Germans at Sochi

Canada's Olympic luge team (back row from left): Sam Edney, Alex Gough, Justin Snith and Tristan...

Canada's Olympic luge team (back row from left): Sam Edney, Alex Gough, Justin Snith and Tristan Walker. (Front row from left): Kimberley McRae, John Hennell and Mitchell Malyk. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

JOE LANGFORD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:18 AM ET

CALGARY - Knock-knock.

It's us, eh!

Guten Tag.

It's not easy chasing the Germans. For anyone. Of the 117 total medals up for grabs since luge became a Winter Olympic Games sport in 1964, the Germans have won 70 of them. Next in line would be Austria's 18 Olympic medals.

To find Canada on the list, one would have to look to way down to "¦ well "¦ actually, we're not on the list.

Yet.

Canada has yet to win an Olympic medal in the sport of luge. That's a little curious when you're talking about a nation that came up with the word "toboggan," wears "tuques", eats "freezies," endlessly argues the merits of snow tires and uses the word "sled" to describe any form of cold-weather transportation. But here we are.

Here's the good news, though -- that's about to change.

Canada is knocking on the door of that exclusive Olympic podium club, and the breakthrough may come as soon as next month.

Willkhommen to Sochi.


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