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For Immediate Release
December 19, 2008
Antoine Golden in Lake Placid, N.Y. Intercontinental Cup
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.–The first half of the skeleton Intercontinental Cup tour concluded today at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.), the 2008 Intercontinental Cup champion, added a gold medal to his resume in the men’s skeleton event, while Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) led the U.S. women with a sixth place finish.
“I definitely came into today’s race wanting to win,” said Antoine. “It’s been a tough season this year because the competition has been really tight, and you don’t know what to expect.”
Antoine pushed a start time of 5.20 seconds, sliding to the finish in third position after the first heat with a run of 55.21. Improving his push time by four-hundredths of a second, Antoine burst off the block in 5.16 seconds for a run of 55.21, fastest of the second heat. Antoine slid to the finish with a combined time of 1:50.37 for the gold.
“I was really focused on my second run, and it was probably the most relaxed I’ve been this season,” said Antoine. “Now I want to focus on improving on the European tracks for the second half, and making myself better as a slider.”
Germany’s Michi Halilovic tied Antoine for his fourth-consecutive gold medal today with a total time of 1:50.37. Halilovic was in the lead with a first heat run of 54.96 seconds, but was caught by Antoine in the second heat after sliding a run of 55.41.
“I was watching the splits when Michi was coming down the track in the second run, and I knew it would be tough to surpass him,” said Antoine. “I saw his time come up it said he was in first, but then I ran inside to see the time board and realized it was a tie.”
Andy Wood from Great Britain finished with a two-run total of 1:50.41 for the bronze medal after sliding the second fastest runs in both heats, a 55.11 and 55.30. Only four-hundredths of a second separated the top three sleds.
Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.) finished just outside of the medals in fourth with a combined time of 1:50.88 after sliding runs of 55.27 and 55.61. Fellow American slider Stokes Aitken (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished in 11th after sliding times of 55.71 and 56.08 for a total time of 1:51.79.
In the women’s skeleton competition, Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) led the U.S. women with a top six finish. Tomlinson, who won her first-ever Intercontinental Cup medal in Calgary this season, finished with a total time of 1:54.62.
“It’s been a long first half,” said Tomlinson. “These next few weeks will be a much needed break to refresh. I’m looking forward to bringing the joy back into my sliding and to enjoy the second half of the tour.”
Tomlinson pushed a start time of 5.78 seconds for a first run time of 57.13. The 2008 U.S. National Champion started with a 5.76 push time in the second heat for a run of 57.49 seconds.
“I wasn’t completely happy with my start times today,” said Tomlinson. “I was happy with where I finished after my first run, but I knew there were some improvements I could have made. I was able to make those adjustments in the second run, so I was happy.”
Amy Gough from Canada claimed gold with a two-run total of 1:53.16 after crossing the finish line in 56.34 and 56.82 seconds. Donna Creighton from Great Britain finished second for the silver medal with a total time of 1:53.36 (56.57, 56.79), while Germany’s Katharina Heinz slid a bronze medal performance after sliding a combined time of 1:53.61 (56.56, 57.05).
Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) finished just 0.12 seconds from Tomlinson with a combined time of 1:54.74 for seventh place after sliding runs of 57.18 and 57.56. U.S. veteran Rebecca Sorensen (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished tenth after crossing the final timing eye in 57.26 and 58.15 seconds for a two-run total of 1:55.41.
Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing at www.fibt.com. For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or email@example.com.
1. Michi Halilovic (GER) 1:50.37 (54.96, 55.41); 2. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:50.37 (55.16, 55.21); 3. Andy Wood (GBR) 1:50.41 (55.11, 55.30);…4. Caleb Smith (USA) 1:50.88 (55.27, 55.61);…11. Stokes Aitken (USA) 1:51.79 (55.71, 56.08);
1. Amy Gough (CAN) 1:53.16 (56.34, 56.82); 2. Donna Creighton (GBR) 1:53.36 (56.57, 56.79); 3. Katharina Heinz (GER) 1:53.61 (56.56, 57.05);…6. Keslie Tomlinson (USA) 1:54.62 (57.13, 57.49); 7. Annie O’Shea (USA) 1:54.74 (57.18, 57.56);…10. Rebecca Sorensen (USA) 1:55.41 (57.26, 58.15);
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