Canada’s Tristan Walker and Justin Snith put down a season-best eighth-place finish in the final World Cup doubles luge race before the start of the Olympic Winter Games.

Competing for the first time of their career on the historic non-refrigerated track in St. Moritz, Switzerland, it was a great week for the Calgary-based duo who won the Nations Cup qualifying race before paddling to the fastest start-times in both heats of an eighth-place finish on Saturday, stopping the clock at 1:47.621.

Struggling to find their top form all season, the 30-year-old Canucks – who were recently named to their fourth Canadian Olympic Team – were in third place after their first blast down the stunning ice chute that winds its way through the forest to the town of Celerina. A small hiccup in the final heat dropped them five spots down the standings.

“We just went into Nash (corner) at a poor angle compared to the first run and had a very small brush on the inside short wall and that’s all it took,” says Snith. “The second run was smoother overall, but that mistake cost us.”

The Canadians finished less than half-a-second off the podium. The Germans slid to the gold and silver medal. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken were first at 1:47.209. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt clocked in at 1:47.322 for the silver. Latvia’s Martins Bots and Roberts Plume finished at 1:47.458 for the bronze.

Reid Watts, of Whistler, B.C., was the lone Canadian in the men’s singles race and finished 23rd at 2:11.951.

Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl won the final men's World Cup race of the season with a time of 2:10.246.

The World Cup continues on Sunday with the women’s singles race.

- from Luge Canada