Canada’s Jon Montgomery Slides to Fifth Spot at Skeleton World Cup
January 23, 2010
IGLS, Aut.—Canada’s Jon Montgomery capped off the World Cup season by finishing fifth in the men’s skeleton race in Igls, Austria on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Montgomery was sitting in fourth-spot after the opening run, but dropped a postion after a difficult second heat. The Russell, Man. native clocked a two-run time of one minute 47.16 seconds.
“I am quite pleased today. I had one good run but had some challenges on my second trip down the track in a couple of the tricky parts,” said Montgomery. “This track is a bit of a track meet and not one of my favourites, but I am pleased with my finish.”
The Russell, Man. native, who won the World Cup race at the Whistler Sliding Centre in 2009 will head to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as the fifth-ranked athlete in the world after a steady 2009-10 campaign where he made one trip to the podium after winning gold in Cesana, Italy.
“I am happy with the way things progressed this year for sure,” said Montgomery. “What I did in Whistler last year means nothing. It is a whole new ball game with a bunch of guys that can win the gold. I am really pumped to be going home and getting set to compete in the Olympics in Canada, and hopefully I’ll be the fella that comes out on top.”
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs will certainly be in contention for Olympic gold after winning again on Saturday to clinch the Overall World Cup title. Dukurs clocked a winning time of 1:46.14. Germany’s Frank Rommel was second at 1:46.39, while Russia’s Alexander Tretriakov claimed the bronze with a time of 1:46.49.
Toronto’s Mike Douglas was 10th (1:47.28), while Calgary’s Jeff Pain was 11th at 1:47.37.
Canada’s men’s bobsledders also competed in their final World Cup two-man race.
Edmonton’s Pierre Lueders and Jesse Lumsden continued their final preparations and testing of equipment for the 2010 Olympics with an eighth-place finish at 1:44.60.
Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown settled into 10th spot at 1:44.67.
Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter, of Switzerland 2, won the men’s race at 1:44.01. Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske drove the Germany 1 sled to the silver medal position with a time of 1:44.12. Daniel Schmid and Juerg Egger rounded out the men’s podium in the Switzerland 3 sled after posting a time of 1:44.37.
The World Cup bobsleigh season wraps up on Sunday in Austria with the men’s four-man race.
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Top-Five Men’s Skeleton Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 1:46.14; 2. Frank Rommel, GER, 1:46.39; 3. Alexander Tretriakov, RUS, 1:46.49; 4. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 1:47.02; 5. Jon Motgomery, Russell, Man., 1:47.16.
Other Canadian Results:
10. Mike Douglas, Toronto, 1:47.28; 11. Jeff Pain, Calgary, 1:47.37.
Top-Five Men’s Bobsleigh Results:
1. Beat Hefti/Tomas Lamparter, SUI 2, 1:44.01; 2. Andre Lange/Kevin Kuske, GER 1, 1:44.12; 3. Daniel Schmid/Juerg Egger, SUI 3, 1:44.37; 4. Karl Angerer/Gregor Bergbach, GER 3, 1:44.39; T5. Thomas Florschuetz/Ronny Listner, GER 2, 1:44.49; T5. Steve Holcomb/Steve Mesler, USA 1, 1:44.49.
Other Canadian Results:
8. Pierre Lueders/Jesse Lumsden, Edmonton, CAN 2, 1:44.60; 10. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Lascelles Brown, Calgary, CAN 1, 1:44.67.
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