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Canada’s Robynne Thompson Wins Gold at Junior World Skeleton Championships

February 5, 2011

PARK CITY, Utah—Robynne Thompson became the secondCanadian ever to be crowned Junior World Champion in skeleton on Saturdayevening in Park City, Utah. 

The19-year-old Calgarian blazed her way down the 2002 Olympic Track to win the women’sJunior World Championship event with a two-run time of one minute, 42.38 seconds(1:42.38). 

“I ampretty shocked and I didn’t see this coming at all,” said Thompson, who hadraced the Park City track a couple of times while competing on the America’sCup development circuit. “I just wanted to have two fast runs and I did it today.” 

ElizabethYarnold, of Britain, won the silver at 1:42.39, while Russia’s Elena Yudinaslid to the bronze medal at 1:42.71. 

Thevictory guarantees Thompson a date with the world’s best skeleton athletes atthe 2011 World Championships in Konigssee, Germany on February 25. 

“That ispretty exciting. I never thought I’d be at the Worlds this quickly so I’m goingto go there and try and learn as much as I can, get the experience and take itall in.” 

Calgary’sSarah Reid, who was serving the role as assistant coach to Thompson onSaturday, was the first Canadian to accomplish the feat in 2008. Reid splittime competing on the World Cup and Intercontinental Cup circuits this year. 

“I thinkit is a little more special that Sarah was here helping us this week,” saidThompson. “She is was speaking to me on the radio when I was at the finish lineand she helped a lot today. She has a lot of experience and it was great tohave her help today.” 

RobDerman, of Stoney Plain, Alta., led the Canadian men with a fifth-place finishafter posting a time of 1:40.68. 

Germany’sAlexander Kroeckel won the men’s world championship title with a time of1:39.72. Russia’s Evegenly Perle was second at 1:39.93, while Germany’sAlexander Gasznar locked up the bronze at 1:40.32. 

Two otherCanadian men finished in the top-10. Corey Gillies, of Georgetown, Ont., wasninth at 1:41.66, while Calgary’s Travis Brockway finished 10th (1:41.81). 

Calgary’sElisabethe Vathje was the only other Canadian entered and finished 16th inwomen’s racing with a time of 1:48.07. 

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Top-Five Women’s Skeleton Results:

1.Robynne Thompson, Calgary, 1:42.38; 2. Elizabeth Yarnold, GBR, 1:42.39; 3.Elena Yudina, RUS, 1:42.71; 4. Laura Deas, GBR, 1:42.74; 5. Sophia Griebel,GER, 1:42.88.

OtherCanadian Results:

16.Elisabethe Vathje, Calgary, 1:48.01 

Top-Five Men’s Results:

1.AlexanderKroeckel, GER, 1:39.72; 2. Evgenly Perle, RUS, 1:39.93; 3. Alexander Gasznar,GER, 1:40.32; 4. David Lingmer, GER, 1:40.45; 5. Rob Derman, Stoney Plain,Alta. CAN, 1:41.66

CanadianResults:

9.Corey Gillies, Georgetown, Ont., 1:41.66; 10. Travis Brockway, Calgary,1:41.81.

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