Dave Greszczyszyn Leads Canadian Skeleton Men in 11th at World Championships
March 6, 2015
—Canucks Elisabeth Vathje and Jane Channell sit second and third heading into final day of women’s race—
WINTERBERG, Ger.—Dave Greszyczyszyn finished as the top Canadian in 11th spot in his first skeleton World Championships on Friday in Winterberg, Germany.
The 35-year-old veteran from Brampton, Ont. was sitting in seventh place after the opening day of the two-day affair, but dropped back four positions when all was said and done, placing 11th with a combined time of 3:46.61.
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs won the race, clocking a golden time of 3:43.23. Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov finished second at 3:43.92, while Tomass Dukurs, also of Latvia, posted a bronze-medal time of 3:44.25.
Two other Canadian World Cup rookies from Calgary also suited up on Friday. Barrett Martineau finished 20th at 3:48.72, while Evan Neufeldt did not qualify for the final run with the top-20, placing 23.
The Canadian women lit up the Winterberg track in the first half of the four-run race, which is completed on Saturday. Calgary’s Elisabeth Vathje is looking to cap off her dream season where it started on the podium, sitting in second spot at 1:55.13. Jane Channell, of North Vancouver, is in the mix for her first elite international medal. Channell heads into the final day in a tie for third place with a time of 1:55.45. Elizabeth Yarnold, of Great Britain, is leading the way at 1:55.06.
“I’m really happy with the times, but the runs weren’t very clean today, especially the second one,” said the 20-year-old Vathje.
Vathje has turned heads around the skeleton world, winning one gold and three silver medals in her rookie season. After fore-running the opening two races, Channell was brought into the World Cup mix where the 26-year-old has consistently placed in the top-10 and is now ready to pounce onto the podium.
“I hold the starting record in Winterberg so I focused on that,” said Channell. “Being only my fourth year competing in skeleton, I would never have thought I’d be right up at the front.”
The women’s skeleton race wraps up on Saturday.
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Top-Five Men’s Skeleton and Canadian Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 3:43.23; 2. Alexander Tretiakov, RUS, 3:43.92; 3. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 3:44.25; 4. Nikita Tregybov, RUS, 3:45.39; 5. Christopher Grotheer, GER, 3:45.53
11. Dave Greszyczyszyn, Brampton, Ont., 3:46.61; 20 Barrett Martineau, Calgary, 3:48.72; 23. Evan Neufeldt, Calgary, DNQ.