Athlete Profile

Eric Pothier, 22, of Airdrie, Alta., joined the national junior team in 1996 while competing as a single. A year later, he was paired with current doubles partner Chris Moffat. The young pair promptly won the Alberta championships as well as both the Canadian junior and senior titles. The pair continue to improve on the international level, and qualified for the Olympics in January of 2001.

Tyler Seitz, 25, of Calgary is the senior member of Canada's Olympic luge team.

Seitz began his career at the national beginners' program at Calgary's Olympic Park. At 12 years old, he was the youngest Canadian luger ever and was a pioneer of the national junior program.

In 1996, Seitz became the first Canadian to win a medal at a world junior championships. Two years later, he made his Olympic debut, finishing 18th at the Nagano Games. At the 1999 world championships in Koenigssee, Germany, he continued his international ascent, finishing 13th - the best Canadian men's singles result in 10 years.

Fittingly, in December of 1999, Seitz became the first Canadian luger to qualify for the Salt Lake City Olympics.