Luge

Justin Piercy - Thursday Feb. 13, 2014 07:23 ET

Canada misses bronze in luge team relay by 0.1 seconds

Alex Gough, Sam Edney, Justin Snith & Tristan Walker finish 4th

Alex Gough

Alex Gough and the Canadian team relay squad finished fourth in competition on Thursday in Sochi. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

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One-tenth of a second separated Canada from its first-ever Olympic medal in luge on Thursday.

Alex Gough, Sam Edney and the doubles tandem of Justin Snith and Tristan Walker combined in the event, making its Olympic debut in Sochi, but placed an all-too-familiar fourth in a time of two minutes, 47.395 seconds.

It follows to other just-off-the-podium finishes for the luge squad. Gough finished fourth in her women's singles event, while the doubles tandem also finished fourth.

"I feel awful we didn't get the job done," Edney said. "I hope [Canadians] get to see how exciting the Olympics are for us lugers, how we get to enjoy this. But it's tough because we know we were so close to getting a medal."

Germany, a stacked entry that featured 2014 gold medallists from each individual discipline, took gold in 2:45.649, while Russia was second in 2:46.649 and Latvia won bronze in 2:47.295.

The Canadians, all from Calgary except for Walker, who is from nearby Cochrane, Alta., had combined for four silver medals in six events on the World Cup circuit this past season.

"It's been a really hard couple of days," Walker said. "It won't sink in until later that we almost just made it."

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