Nothing to luge for local sledder

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

When it comes to Olympic luging on PlayStation 2, Sam Edney's got quick hands.

But then again, the national team slider is pretty good when it comes to the real thing as well.

And, at 22, the Calgarian should be coming into his own after three years on the senior team following a stellar junior career.

"I'm coming into a time in my career where I've had enough experience to start competing more and start getting into the top 10," said the laid back luger, who will be competing in this weekend's World Cup at Canada Olympic Park, starting tomorrow with doubles and women's competitions (5 p.m.).

Edney made his Olympic debut in Turin last February and finished 19th. He knows with the Vancouver Games less than four years away, it's time to start paving his road to the podium.

"It's coming up pretty quick and there's a lot to do and, to do what I want to do there, I've got to start this year," said Edney, whose best World Cup finish was 14th last year in Calgary and Altenberg, Germany. "You can't expect to go into an Olympic year and expect to win a medal if you don't have the experience of winning medals and knowing how to handle the pressure."

Edney and other Canadian winter athletes got a confidence boost after John Kucera won a Super-G gold medal at the Lake Louise World Cup two weeks ago.

"I kind of feel that could be me this week at home," said Edney.

Calgary's Jeff Christie and Ian Cockerline will also compete in singles, while Regan Lauscher of Red Deer, a World Cup medallist, and her Olympic teammates Alex Gough of Calgary and Regina's Meaghan Simister, will slide for the women's team.

In doubles, it'll be Mike and Chris Moffat of Calgary and Red Deer's Grant Albrecht and Eric Pothier of Airdrie.

The men's singles competition goes Saturday at 3 p.m.


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