Date of Birth:  November 10, 1986
 Place of Birth: Regina, SK
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'7"
 Weight: 150 lbs.

At 19, luge competitor Meaghan Simister will be one of Canada's youngest Olympians in Turin in 2006. Fortunately, she shouldn't feel too out of place, considering Alex Gough, one of her two teammates on the small women's luge team, is actually six months younger than her.

Simister began racing at the national level as a 13-year-old during the 1999-00 campaign. At the 2000 Canadian Junior Championships, she came in second-place in the Girls II Division. Over the next couple of seasons, she raced in the junior ranks, quickly establishing herself as someone to watch.

By 2002-03, she was racing on both the junior and senior World Cup circuits, enjoying success on both, with five Top-10 results on the former and a pair of Top-20 finishes on the latter.

When she made the move to the senior level for good in 2003-04, her six Top-20 results were a fitting testimonial to her arrival. After a disappointing 2004-05 season, Simister has been on fire in 2005-06, accumulating six more Top-20 results midway through the World Cup season.

Not considered a medal threat in Turin, Simister, who enjoys traveling, will gain valuable experience in her first trip to the Olympics. And when the Games come to Vancouver in 2010, keep an eye out for the grizzled veteran, who will then be just 23, to be in a much better position to step onto the podium.

2006 Luge Coverage