Lindsay started luge at the age of 9. She quickly learned to love the sport. She made the Jr National team by the age of 13 and competed throughout Europe with her first top 10 finish in La Plagne France. She followed that up with a bronze medal in a Jr World cup in Calgary as well as 2 other top 5 finishes in Germany. As a 16 year old she competed in the 2001 World Championships where she placed 22nd. She finished her sliding career as 8 time Jr Canadian Champion. Although Lindsay decided to retire from sliding in 2001 after just falling short of qualifying for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, she never lost her passion for the sport. She took a short break from Luge to pursue her education and became a Registered Dental Assistant. A field in which she was able to become an instructor in a dental college and continues to work in a family practice today. She is now in her 11th year as a coach with Alberta Luge Program and proudly recruits future Olympians and is the head coach of the Novice program. She has 2 daughters aged 8 and 3 and they are quite the dare devils themselves. She is hoping that one day they follow in her footsteps and travel the World competing for Canada.
Denae began luge at the age of 13 and was instantly hooked to the speed of the sport! She quickly progressed into a Development athlete and began training to one day make the Junior National Team. At age 16, Denae raced her way onto the Junior National Team and was eager to represent her country on the Junior World Cup circuit. She had her share of ups and downs racing, but never gave up during those tough times. Denae raced on the Junior National Team for three seasons and was ranked overall ninth in the world for two of those years. With seven top ten finishes, and a career best of sixth place, Denae was pleased with her success. Denae was also fortunate enough to race-off for a spot to Forerun for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, which was a highlight of her racing career. After seven years of racing, Denae made the decision to retire from luge and pursue her education at the University of Calgary. Denae now has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Calgary and just recently completed her Bachelor of Education! She is very passionate about working with children and has been coaching with Alberta Luge Association for four seasons now. Outside of school and coaching, Denae loves sports, especially swimming, golf, tennis and boxing. She also enjoys painting and drawing.
Brendan Hauptman come from a strong multi-sport background. Growing up in Kimberley, BC, he was a member of the local swim club, alpine ski team and regional volleyball team before being recruited to join luge in 2001 by the Legacies Now program at age 14. He was a member of the Junior National team from 2005 to 2007. In 2007 he placed 13th at the Junior World Championships in the Junior Men’s category, and helped the team get 4th in the team competition. In the same year, he was also crowned the Junior National Champion. While working his way onto the national squad, Brendan coached part time in 2008-2009. Brendan became a member of the National team in 2009 where he was named the alternate for the 2010 Olympics. The following season, he won the Canadian Championships and placed 22nd at World Championships. After suffering a concussion, he was forced to retire in 2012, but remained involved with the sport of luge by returning to coaching. He has coached almost all levels of the sport, including the 2015 Junior National team, where he was the assistant coach. Outside of luge, Brendan is currently a student at Mount Royal University, where he is getting his degree in Health and Physical Education, majoring in Physical Literacy. He is hoping to one day become a physiotherapist.
Emily's sliding career began at the age of 10 and continued until she was 17. Emily was training with the Jr. National team by age 14 and made the Jr. National team when she was 15. Emily trained on tracks in Latvia, Germany, Austria, U.S.A and whistler. Emily had several top 10 finishes on the Jr World Cup tour with her top finish being 6th place in Salt Lake City. Emily loved sliding and luge so much that post sliding “retirement” she decided she wanted to stay in the Luge community by using my knowledge in the sport to coach. Emily recently gained admission into Mount Royal University and the bachelor of Health and Physical education and will major in Physical Literacy. Emily will be striving to get into Athletic therapy within the next 2 years through this program.
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