| Date of Birth:
January 29, 1981
Place of Birth: Red Deer, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 209 lbs.
Grant Albrecht first discovered luge in 1994, but it wasn't until he hooked up with Mike Moffat in 1998 that he began to enjoy true success. Although he continued to race individually, it was in doubles that Albrecht was able to excel. The pair was an immediate force in the junior ranks, winning silver in the doubles at the World Junior Championships during the 1998-99 season, and a bronze during the 1999-00 season.
Unfortunately, their transition to the senior ranks over the following couple of seasons wasn't too smooth. With the sport enjoying a much higher profile in Europe, Albrecht and Moffat found it difficult to compete against their better funded and more professionally trained counterparts from across the Atlantic.
In 2002, the pair managed a respectable 12th-place finish in their first Olympics before Moffat decided to walk away, leaving Albrecht in need of a new partner. He didn't need to look too far, teaming up with Eric Pothier, who had been paired with Moffat's brother Chris - who, like his younger sibling, also opted to leave the sport in 2002.
Since teaming up, Albrecht and Pothier have been Canadian doubles champs three times: 2003, 2004 and 2005. On the World cup circuit, their best results have come on their home course in Calgary, where they have fourth, fifth and ninth-place results over the past few years.
At a race in Turin earlier this year, the duo came 12th, giving them hope that if all goes right at the Games, they have a chance for a solid result.
2006 Luge Coverage