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World Championship and World Cup medallist Alex Gough and two-time Olympian Sam Edney will lead a promising Canadian luge team into the Sochi Games with the goal of bringing home the countrys first Olympic medal in the sport. The Canadian Luge Association officially named seven athletes to the 2014 Olympic team Tuesday. Edney, will lead teenagers John Fennell and Mitchel Malyk into their first Games in mens singles. Tristan Walker and Justin Snith will represent Canada in doubles, while Gough, will be joined by Kimberley McRae in womens singles. Arianne Jones and Jordan Smith will race off in Calgary on Wednesday and Thursday for the final womens spot. Gough snapped Germanys 13-year, 105-race winning streak when she became the first Canadian to win a World Cup luge race in 2011. Gough has since become the first to Canadian to win multiple World Championship and World Cup medals. "Success breeds success, and now all athletes on our team believe they too can win," said Gough, who is also a two-time Olympian. "My teammates and I are all extremely dedicated. We are now among the worlds best. We are hungry for the podium, and we are fiercely driven to win Canada its first-ever Olympic luge medal." Canada has competed in luge at every Olympic Games since Grenoble 1968, but has yet to medal. They hope to contend in all discipline sin Sochi, including the new luge relay event. Canada won the silver medal in the relay at the 2013 World Championships. "This is the strongest team of medal contenders the nation has ever assembled in the sport of luge," said Tim Farstad, executive director of the Canadian Luge Association. "Over the last four years, this group has demonstrated they can perform under the most intense pressure, and win medals at the highest level." Thomas Vanek Jersey . THE THUNDER & PACERS BENCHES: In a nutshell, not impressive at all. 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Hamilton claimed his sixth pole of the season with a time of 1 minute, 45.681 seconds in the qualifying session, and those few yards of advantage between first and second on the grid could prove crucial in Sundays night race on a tight and twisty Marina Bay circuit with few passing opportunities. Rosberg leads Hamilton by 22 points in the overall title race -- 238 vs. 216. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who is the only genuine threat to the Mercedes pair for the Formula One championship, qualified third -- less than two tenths of a second off Hamilton. Ricciardo was ahead of his teammate and three-time defending Singapore champion Sebastian Vettel. Ferraris Fernando Alonso will start from fifth on the grid, and later tweeted that he was "very, very happy" while Williams driver Felipe Massa will start from sixth. Kimi Raikkonens Ferrari had engine trouble on the final flying lap and he had to park the car out on the circuit, but still qualified seventh, ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Williams. The top eight cars were separated by just half a second -- a remarkably small margin on what is one of the longest laps on the F1 calendar. "Its the most incredible feeling on the last lap, with all the pressure, when the smallest mistake could lose you a lot," Hamilton said. "After the first sequence of corners, I was already two tenths down, but I said to myself Lets keep going and see what happens. "That was one of the most exciting qualifying sessions I have had for a long time, where there are a lot of people in the mix and you have to be spot on.dddddddddddd" When told over his radio that he had lost out to Hamilton by just seven thousandths, Rosberg shouted in frustration at missing pole in Singapore by less than a tenth of a second for the second year running. But he had a smile on his face later when lamenting the small margin. "If I think back over the lap, seven thousandths is nothing," Rosberg said. "A little bit here or there and I could have done it." The Mercedes team calculated after the session that seven thousandths was equivalent to 33.5 centimetres -- roughly one foot -- at the end of the lap had they started side by side. Ricciardo was enthused by how little separated him from the Mercedes cars, which have shared 12 of the 13 previous poles between them this season, usually by much more comfortable margins. "Its definitely encouraging," Ricciardo said. "We ended up a lot closer than we thought we would. There are a lot of cars within half a second or a second, so it will be a fun race." McLarens Kevin Magnussen qualified ninth and Toro Rossos Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10. 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