Justin Snith, Tristan Walker finish 4th in doubles luge
Germany's Tobias Arlt, Tobias Wendl win gold
Canadian’s Justin Snith and Tristan Walker finished just off the Olympic podium in doubles luge on Wednesday in Sochi.
Sitting in fourth place after the first run at the Sanki Sliding Center, the duo could not slide onto the podium with their final run, posting a combined time of one minute, 39.840 seconds, just 0.05 seconds back of bronze medallists Juris and Andris Sics of Latvia.
"[Missing a medal by] five-hundredths of a second is bad,” Walker said. “It's been the story of our career ever since we pushed up into the top five. We've been 13,000th of a second off the podium.
"We've just got to wipe it and get ready for the next race."
I think this is the perfect definition of mixed emotions. Pumped that we set a CDN record, absolutely gutted we were .05 away from medal.
— Justin Snith (@justinsnith) February 12, 2014
German pair Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl took gold in a combined time of 1:38.933 while Austrian brothers Wolfgang and Andreas Linger took silver in 1:39.455.
Arlt was blunt in his answer as to why Germany, which took gold in men's and women's singles competition as well, is so good at the sport.
"Luge. It's our sport," he said.
Calgary's Snith, and Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., were seventh overall in World Cup action this season, and earned their first-ever World Cup podium finish with a bronze in Koenigsee, Germany in January.
Their result ties the best finish for Canada in a luge event, set by Calgary's Alex Gough, who finished fourth in the women's event on Tuesday.
Snith and Walker were the first tandem down the track during the first run, and set a track record, completing the course in 49.857 seconds.
The record wouldn't stand long, as the gold and silver medallist teams took turns breaking the mark.