Mil­lion-dol­lar medal

Cana­dian spon­sor will­ing to pay $1 mil­lion for luge gold at Van­cou­ver Olympic Games

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JIM MOR­RIS

Cur­rently ranked sev­enth in the world, she was 20th at the 2006 Games in Turin.

Ed­ney, 25, fin­ished a ca­reer-best fifth to kick off this sea­son and also posted a sev­enth-place fin­ish. He was 12th in Whistler in the pre-Olympic test event last year and is ranked 15th in the world.

Gough said vi­sions of man­sions and fast cars won’t be danc­ing through her head at the start line.

We still have to go out there and do our job,” she said. It’s just about go­ing out there and slid­ing and do­ing the best we can. If we can put it down and slide to our po­ten­tial, we do have a shot. In the end, it’s re­ally out of our hands.”

Ed­ney said he’d love to grab the brass ring, but it’s still the lure of gold that is driv­ing him.

All of us go­ing into this Olympics are not think­ing about this mil­lion dol­lars,” he said. We come in here to com­pete, rep­re­sent our coun­try, and go for the best re­sults you can.

If that turns out to be a gold medal, what that is and what that is worth is more than what they (First Track) is of­fer­ing. At the same time, that kind of sup­port and push is un­be­liev­able. It def­i­nitely lights some­thing in each of us.”

Mike Mof­fat, who com­petes in the dou­ble luge with his brother Chris, said most ath­letes don’t have a re­tire­ment plan wait­ing for them.

“ We’ve never made money,” he said. “ We’ve been sup­ported by our fam­i­lies.

It would be nice to get some fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity. Do I com­pete to win a mil­lion? No, not at all. It would be a nice bonus.”

Re­gan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta., who is com­pet­ing in her third Games, said she would use the money to re­place her mo­tor­cy­cle that got stolen.

Mof­fat said the cash would be just one more thing he’d have to share with his brother.

“ We have shared rooms, shared beds,” Mike laughed. “Chris and I have shared ev­ery­thing in life. It only make sense to share the money.

“I might cash the cheque though, and with­hold a lit­tle bit.”

Ed­ney said he would do­nate some of his win­nings to Right to Play. And af­ter that?

“I’d buy some new skis to try and ski at Whistler,” he said.

The Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee has also promised a medals bonus, with $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for sil­ver and $10,000 for bronze.

Fast Track Group is spon­sor­ing the luge team to the tune of $1,002,014 over five years.

The Cana­dian Press

Alex Gough of Cal­gary com­petes dur­ing women’s World Cup luge in Cal­gary, Nov. 21, 2009. A Cana­dian luge gold medal will be worth $1 mil­lion, thanks to a team spon­sor.

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