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Eric Neilson Slides to Sixth at Skeleton World Cup in Park City

November 17, 2012

—Team Spring leads Canadians in four-man bobsleigh in eighth—

PARK CITY, Utah—Canada’s Eric Neilson bounced back after a disappointing season-opener on the World Cup to nearly match his career best in men’s skeleton racing on Saturday in Park City, Utah.

Competing in just his second year on Canada’s elite squad, the 31-year-old Kelowna, B.C. native finished as the top Canuck in sixth place after clocking a two-run time of 1:40.18.

“Anytime you are in the mix with these guys it is a good day,” said Neilson, who was 16th last week. “I was a little more relaxed and comfortable today. I feel I am ready for <the podium> if it comes to me. This field is just so deep so I just need to relax, have a good time and remember why I started this. I was able to do that today.”

C, Neilson slid to three top-10 finishes in his rookie year on the World Cup, with his best result being a fifth-place finish in Winterberg, Germany.

Calgary’s John Fairbairn also slid his way into the top-10. Competing in his third season on Canada’s World Cup Team, the 28-year-old Fairbairn punched the clock at 1:40.92.

Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery, of Russell, Man., rounded out the Canadian men’s performance, finishing 14th at 1:41.10, in just his second race since taking last season off.

Latvia’s Martins Dukurs won his second-straight race with a time of 1:39.71. Germany’s Alexander Kroeckel was second at 1:39.76, while Russia’s Alexander Tretjyakov locked up the bronze medal with a time of 1:39.82.

Meanwhile, Calgary’s Chris Spring continues to hold his position in the top-10 after piloting the Canada 2 sled to an eighth-place finish in the men’s four-man bobsleigh race. The 28-year-old Spring and his of Tim Randall, of Burlington, Ont., Ben Coakwell, of Saskatoon, and Edmonton’s Adam Rosenke completed the 15-corner track with a two-run time of 1:36.92.

Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen, Edmonton’s Neville Wright and Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., teamed up in the Canada 1 sled to finish 12th at 1:37.08. World Cup rookie pilot Justin Kripps and his crew of Nick Carriere, of Rockland, Ont., Luke Demetre, of New Glasgow, N.S., and Graeme Rinholm, of Medicine Hat, Alta., clocked-in at 1:37.64 for 19th spot in Canada 3.

Russia’s Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Maxim Mokrousov won the gold with a time of 1:36.26. Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steven Langton, and Curtis Tomasevicz claimed the silver in the USA 1 sled at 1:36.38. Germany’s Manuel Machata, Gregor Bermbach, Jan Speer and Christian Poster rounded out the podium in third with a time of 1:36.40.

A replay of the men’s skeleton race can be viewed on Sportsnet West and Pacific on November 17 at 9 p.m., and again on Sportsnet Pacific on November 18 at 6:30 p.m. The men’s four-man bobsleigh race will be shown on Sportsnet Pacific on November 18 at 5:30 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m. on Sportsnet West.

The World Cup bobsleigh and skeleton tour now travels north to Canada for races November, 23-24, 2012.

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Complete Results: www.fibt.com

Top-Five Men’s Skeleton Results:

1.Martins Dukurs, LAT, 1:39.71; 2. Alexander Kroeckel, GER, 1:39.76; 3. Alexander Tretjyakov, RUS, 1:39.82; 4. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 1:39.96; 5. Frank Rommel, 1:40.01

Canadian Results:

6. Eric Neilson, Kelowna, B.C., 1:40.18; 10. John Fairbairn, Calgary, 1:40.92; 14. Jon Montgomery, Russell, Man., 1:41.10.

Top-Five Men’s Four-Man Bobsleigh Results:

1. Zubkov/Negodaylo/Trunenkov/Mokrousov, RUS 1, 1:36.26; 2. Holcomb/Olsen/Langton/Tomasevicz, USA 1, 1:36.38; 3. Machata/Bermbach/Speer/Poser, GER 1, 1:36.40; 4. Arndt/Huebenbecker/Mann/Roediger, GER 2, 1:36.53; 5. Cunningham/Clark/Drbal/Fogt, USA 2, 1:36.72

Canadian Results:

8. Spring, Calgary/Randall, Burlington, Ont./Coakwell, Saskatoon/Rosenke, Edmonton, CAN 2, 1:36.92; 12. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Sorensen, Ottawa/Wright, Edmonton/Lumsden, Burlington, Ont., CAN 1, 1:37.08; 19. Kripps, Summerland, B.C./Carriere, Rockland, Ont./Demetre, New Glasgow, N.S./Rinholm, Medicine Hat, Alta., CAN 3, 1:37.64

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