Olympic Medallist Sam Edney Named High-Performance Manager of Luge Canada

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June 24, 2019

Canadian Luge Association—Four-time Olympian motivated to guide new generation of luge athletes towards international podium

CALGARY—Sam Edney retired from the sport of luge after stepping onto the podium for a silver medal at the Olympic Games. One of the world’s most respected luge athletes has been given the nod by Luge Canada to help the next generation achieve their own Olympic dreams as the organization’s new high-performance manager.

Compassionate, selfless, willing to challenge obstacles while exuding a passion for sport, fair play and a commitment to excellence, the 34-year-old Edney was a trailblazer for luge in Canada over the last two decades and now shifts his focus to guiding a new era for Luge Canada’s high-performance program.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the future of our sport in Canada,” said Edney. “I know the work that goes into the process of developing a medal-winning program, and now I get to be a part of the team that works extremely hard on the other side to support our athletes and coaches. The dream remains the same. I am now motivated to give our athletes the opportunity to achieve their own performance goals and get our program back onto the Olympic podium.”

Sliding into retirement one year ago as Canada’s most decorated male luge athlete, Edney played a leading role on a luge team that captured the hearts of all Canadians with an incredible drive to bring credibility to their sport in Canada – evolving the program from being mere participants content with wearing the Canadian team uniform 20 years ago into Olympic medallists in 2018.

Matthew Achtymichuk