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CALGARY - When Wolfgang Staudinger looks over his lugers heading into a World Cup on their home track, the coach can see a cloud from Sochi still hanging over them.Its normal for athletes to feel a letdown in the season after an Olympic Games, but the Canadian luge team has been working through something akin to grief.The roller-coaster emotion of finishing fourth three times and falling just short of Canadas first Olympic medal in the sport wasnt easy to shake off over the summer.Alex Gough finished fourth among the women, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith were fourth in mens doubles and along with Sam Edney, they all finished fourth in the new team relay event in Sochi, Russia.They take little solace in what was by far Canadas best performance in Olympic luge.They suffer the Olympic hangover, which was hard and heavy, Staudinger said Wednesday after a training session. It has to do probably having to deal with the disappointment over the summer and waking up in reality because life goes on.The disappointment was big for not winning that medal. That still catches up on us.World Cup luge returns to Calgarys Canada Olympic Park on Friday and Saturday after a three-year hiatus. The women and doubles race is Friday, followed by the mens event and a new sprint race Saturday.Gough won womens gold the last time it was in Calgary in 2011.She will compete Friday against international competition for the first time since Sochi. The 27-year-old Calgarian skipped the first two World Cup races of this season to concentrate on first-year engineering studies at the University of Calgary.Canadas most decorated athlete in the sport with a pair of world championship medals and 17 career World Cup medals wrote exams this week while preparing for her first race of the winter. Im going to go out there and slide the best I can and see what happens, Gough said. Its always tough when you come in partway through the season or even the first race of the season, which is usually in Austria, I have no idea where Ill sit.It makes it kind of unnerving in some ways, but its good in some ways. I have no idea where I should sit so all I can do is focus on myself and get the best out of it that I can.Gough says shell take a lighter course load next semester, which will allow her to compete in the remaining World Cups and world championship.Calgarys Kim McRae, who finished fifth behind Gough in Sochi, is also one to watch in Calgary. The 22-year-old opened the season with a pair of top-10 results in Innsbruck, Austria, and was 11th in Lake Placid, N.Y.Edney will also compete in an international mens race for the first time since Sochi. The three-time Olympian has been dealing with a sports hernia that kept him out of the first two races.The 30-year-old Calgarian hopes he and his teammates have mentally cleared their post-Olympic hurdles to perform well at home.I almost see it as waves amongst the team. There are moments where we feel that energy of We were so close. Lets keep it going, and then there are those days where its like Shoot, we were that close, and it brings you down, Edney explained.Its a weird feeling. Seeing them now after some races, its like that energy is back there. I feel like the team is pretty energized right now.But Calgarys Snith and Walker, from nearby Cochrane, Alta., are not happy with the start to their season. They crashed in their season-opener in Innsbruck and were ninth last week in Lake Placid.Both of us can agree were not sliding anywhere near our capability, Snith said.Added Walker: Our expectations are definitely a lot higher. Thats what makes it all the more frustrating not sliding that well.All this adds up to some frustration for Staudinger, a German who has coached the Canadian team since 2007.He doesnt like tempering his expectations for the home race of this World Cup season, given the sliding talent Canada now has.For Sam and Alex, its more an orientation race. I wouldnt expect too much right now, Staudinger said. I feel like were not really in a position where we need to be athletically.I dont like my situation. I dont like the position were in. I watched the Germans and for them, theyre back to normal performance I dont see any reason why were different because we are not.We still have a bit of catching up to do and that has to do with the Olympic hangover. When you go out drinking, it hurts.The relay was an Olympic event for the first time in Sochi. The Canadians welcomed its arrival because they say it is exciting to race.Theyre underwhelmed by the introduction of the sprint race, which will be run in Calgary instead of a relay, to the World Cup circuit.The sprint is the same as a regular race except the clock starts after the first turn and the fastest to the finish wins. The top 15 in each of the other three World Cup races qualify to race a sprint.People keep asking me what the sprint race is, Walker said. Its a normal run like we would do in the race with the only difference the start line is the first curve and they tell you your speed going down.I understand the idea of trying to put in a new event like in downhill skiing with super-G. This ones just not a winner. They definitely found a winner with the relay.Its fun, exciting and people like watching it. Its got great numbers on viewership. I think we should do one every week. Cheap Nike Shoes Wholesale . 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Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak.The NBA Finals will resume tonight in a presumably much more comfortable AT&T Center when the San Antonio Spurs welcome the Miami Heat. You can watch the game live on TSN and TSN GO or listen to the action on TSN Radio 1050 at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Spurs grabbed a 1-0 series lead Thursday night in the sweltering heat of a late spring San Antonio night. Of course, it didnt help that the AT&T Centers air conditioner malfunctioned and didnt work through the course of the game. As temperatures soared into the mid-90s, the Spurs emerged with a 110-95 victory, but the busted AC unit played a major role. LeBron James was forced to leave the game midway through the fourth quarter due to cramping. James has faced cramping issues in the past and the four-time MVP was unable to move Thursday following a layup to get the game within two. "My body just shut down, basically my body said, okay, enough jumping for you for the night. Youve had enough," James said after practice on Friday. "Nothing I could do about it." That didnt stop social media from exploding, questioning James toughness. "I really dont care what people say about me," noted James. The two-time Finals MVP, the Heat, the Spurs and frankly anyone in attendance Sunday night should feel relieved. The AT&T Center staff fixed the problem and it should be very comfortable for Game 2. "It will be fine. Weve been assured of that," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. The extreme conditions played a role in Game 1, but were the same for both squads. When James had to be carried back to the bench, the Spurs finished the game on a 31-9 run witth six minutes to go.dddddddddddd Danny Green, who set an NBA Finals record with 27 made 3-pointers last year, caught fire late in Game 1. He drained three long balls during the decisive run and finished with 13 points. Tim Duncan contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker poured in 19 points and handed out eight assists, and Manu Ginobili totaled 16 points and 11 assists for the Spurs, who shot a scorching 14-of-16 from the floor in the fourth, including a perfect 6-of-6 mark from long distance. Tiago Splitter added 14 points and Boris Diaw pulled down 10 rebounds. The Spurs shot 59 percent for the game and 52 percent from long range. "Were not as good as we used to be defensively. So if thats going to diminish, you need to do something at the other end of the floor to make up for it," explained coach Gregg Popovich. "We changed our pace, and the way we approach things at the other end of the floor to make up for what were going to lose defensively. Thats the bottom line." James paced the Heat with 25 points and six assists, while Wade and Bosh supplied 19 and 18 points, respectively, in the setback. "We have to finish the game better, no matter who is on the floor," Wade said, referring to the absence of James. Ray Allen provided a spark off the bench with 16 points, while another veteran, Rashard Lewis, scored 10. The Heat have won 12 straight following a loss in the postseason and theres no reason to panic. Miami lost the first game in each of the last two Finals and went on to win the series. The series shifts to South Beach for Game 3 Tuesday night. Wholesale Hoodies NFL Shirts Outlet Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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