Ellis show­ing po­ten­tial on youth­ful luge team

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MELISSA COUTO

Trin­ity Ellis is rep­re­sent­ing the fu­ture of Canada’s luge team on the World Cup cir­cuit this sea­son.

The teenager is show­ing her po­ten­tial after just one race.

Ellis, from Pem­ber­ton, B.C., placed eighth last week­end at the sea­son-open­ing World Cup in Aus­tria for her first ca­reer top-10 fin­ish on the se­nior team. She fol­lowed that up with a fourth-place show­ing in the team re­lay event the next day.

“It’s def­i­nitely a young team, I think we’re one of the youngest on the whole cir­cuit,” the 17year-old said in a phone in­ter­view from Lake Placid, N.Y., site of this week­end’s World Cup event. “We’re miss­ing a lot of those more ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes now, but even though we’re young we’re still ca­pa­ble of prov­ing our­selves.

“We’re still de­vel­op­ing — maybe not quite at the podium level yet — but we’re def­i­nitely get­ting there.”

Alex Gough and Sam Ed­ney, two of Canada’s most ac­com­plished luge ath­letes, re­tired fol­low­ing the 2018 Olympics in

Pyeongchan­g, South Korea, paving the way for a new crop of ta­lent to push through.

Both Gough and Ed­ney grew up in Cal­gary, where they got their early reps as kids on the Olympic track from the 1988 Games. Ellis, how­ever, was in­tro­duced to luge on a Grade 6 field trip to the Whistler track that was con­structed for the 2010 Van­cou­ver Olympics.

Ed­ney, now the high per­for­mance man­ager for Luge Canada, sees the sig­nif­i­cance of the 2010 Games in lur­ing younger ath­letes to the sport.

“We’re see­ing the legacy switch­ing over to Van­cou­ver — we’ve got two ath­letes now that have come straight out of Whistler — and that’s go­ing to be the next step for our pro­gram for sure,” Ed­ney said. “It’s a young team, but it’s a re­ally bright team and I think Trin­ity is a big part of that.”

Gough, 32, re­tired as the most dec­o­rated luger in Cana­dian his­tory with 43 World Cup medals, in­clud­ing 27 in women’s sin­gles, and two Olympic medals from Pyeongchan­g (bronze in sin­gles and silver in re­lay).

DI­ET­MAR REKER THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Trin­ity Ellis is rep­re­sent­ing the fu­ture of Canada’s luge team and the teenager is al­ready show­ing her po­ten­tial after just one race.

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