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Canadian Gold In Men's Skeleton EH!

Posted by Kevin Walker Saturday, February 20, 2021

Some of you might be wondering how a story on the Olympics and of all sports skeleton ends up on the football pages.

One, I'm really happy and proud that a Canadian has repeated as sheleton champion at the Winter Olympics. And two, it takes tremendous courage and true grit to go down a bobsled run head first. If any soccer players wants to become fearless watch these guys in action.

written by: Canadian Press/Matt Parkinson -

WHISTLER, - Canadian Jon Montgomery slid his way to a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics on Friday.

The 30-year-old from Russell, Man., overcame powerhouse Latvian Martins Dukurs on his final run to secure Canada's second straight gold in Olympic men's skeleton. Duff Gibson won four years ago in Turin, Italy.

"It's Canada's gold medal," he told CTV.

"Everybody in Canada has a piece of this gold medal, for sure," he added. "Especially Russell, Manitoba!"

It's Canada's fourth gold of the Vancouver Games.

During the flower ceremony, a pumped-up Montgomery, wearing a red and white Canada tuque with a pompom on top, jumped up on the podium. Afterwards, he grabbed a Canadian flag and held high for screaming fans.

Montgomery came second to Dukurs in the first run and then won the next three to finish with a combined time of three minutes 29.73 seconds.

Dukurs had to settle for silver in 3:29.80 ahead of Russian Alexander Tretyakov, who finished in 3:30.75.

The result salvaged the night for the Canadian team after women's favourite Mellisa Hollingsworth finished a disappointing fifth.

Montgomery is at home on the Whistler Sliding Centre track, winning a test event there a year ago.

Calgary's Jeff Pain, silver medallist in Turin, was ninth in his final Olympics. Michael Douglas of Kleinburg, Ont., had a strong start but a heartbreaking finish after he was disqualified when he didn't get his sled to officials in time for the mandated post-race check.

The men's race was a two-man battle right from the start between Montgomery and Dukurs.

Sliding in his first Olympics, Montgomery was fifth on the World Cup circuit this season, but won gold in Cesana, Italy.

Dukurs, however, has been a machine. The track rat from Sigulda, where his father runs the country's only sliding track, was seventh in Turin

But he owned the World Cup in 2009-10. He won half the races, missed the podium just once and was never worse than fifth.

Montgomery said Thursday that he couldn't slide any better than he had and anything short of "Tonya Harding and a lead pipe" would not dethrone Dukurs.

Tretyakov was a surprise on the podium. The 24-year-old from Krasnoyarsk, collected his first Olympic medal. He was 15th in Turin and ranked eighth on the World Cup this season.

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