SKELETON: Antoine and Sorensen Highest U.S. Finishers in Calgary's Skeleton Intercontinental Cup
CALGARY, Canada- Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) finished fifth on Friday, Jan. 18 at the men's skeleton Intercontinental Cup in Calgary, Canada. Today marked Antoine's fifth top-six result in as many races. Rebecca Sorensen (Fort Collins, Colo.) was the highest U.S. finisher for the women, placing sixth."I'm very happy with my performance today,"Antoine said."This track has never been a strong point for me, and this entire week has been a great experience."Antoine slid runs of 58.42 and 58.16, fifth and fourth fastest of the competition, respectively, for a combined time of 1:56.58. Pushing the third fastest push times of the competition, a 5.12 and 5.07, Antoine was in the mix amongst a competitive field of Olympians and World Cup medalists."The top guys have had numerous runs on this track, so keeping pace with them this week gave me confidence for today's race,"Antoine said."It feels great having put up the results I have on this tour, and now I'm really looking forward to the finale in Lake Placid. I'm hoping to end the season on a high note."Canadian Jeff Pain, 2006 World Cup Champion and three-time World Championship medalist, claimed gold again in today's race. Pain struggled for his win, finishing the first heat in fourth position after a run of 58.31. Pain rebounded with the fastest run of the second heat, a 57.68, for a winning combined time of 1:56.00. Michi Halilovic from Germany finished second after runs of 58.12 and 58.10 for a total time of 1:56.22. Great Britain's Andy Wood claimed bronze with a two-run total of 1:56.29 after runs of 58.19 and 58.10. Kyle Tress (Trenton, N.J.) burst off the starting block with the second fastest push times of the competition, an identical 5.05 in both heats. Tress finished 14th today after runs of 59.35 and 59.14 for a total of 1:58.49. Chris Burgess (Glen Gardner, N.J.) raced in his first Intercontinental Cup race today, finishing behind his teammate in 15th. Burgess slid runs of 59.61 and 59.66 for a two-run total of 1:59.27. In the women's field, Sorensen led the U.S. team with a sixth place finish. Sorensen pushed the second fastest start time, a 5.59, for the fifth best finish time of the first heat, a 1:00.52. Sorensen had an identical 5.59 start time in the second heat, finishing sixth with a combined time of 2:01.06 after a second run of 1:00.54 seconds. Two-time Olympian Lindsay Alcock continued her domination, winning today on her home track with a total time of 1:59.35 (1:00.01, 59.34). Great British slider Shelley Rudman returned to competition last week in Park City, Utah after having knee surgery and giving birth to her first child, and placed second today. The 2006 Olympic silver medalist slid runs of 59.74 and 59.97 for a combined time of 1:59.71. Katharina Heinz from Germany claimed bronze with a two-run total of 1:59.86 (1:00.03, 59.83). Jessica Palmer (Roy, Utah) finished 9th today in only her second international competition this season after runs of 1:00.73 and 1:01.04 for a combined time of 2:01.77. U.S. National Champion Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) finished 12th with a two-run total of 2:02.62 after runs of 1:01.20 and 1:01.42. The Intercontinental Cup will conclude next week at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. For complete results of today's race, visit www.bobsleigh.com, the Web site of the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT). Results: Men's Skeleton 1. Jeff Pain (CAN) 1:56.00 (58.31, 57.69); 2. Michi Halilovic (GER) 1:56.22 (58.12, 58.10); 3. Andy Wood (GBR) 1:56.29 (58.19, 58.10);_5. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:56.58 (58.42, 58.16);_14. Kyle Tress (USA) 1:58.49 (59.35, 59.14); 15. Chris Burgess (USA) 1:59.27 (59.61, 59.66); Women's Skeleton 1. Lindsay Alcock (CAN) 1:59.35 (1:00.01); 2. Shelley Rudman (GBR) 1:59.71 (59.74, 59.97); 3. Katharina Heinz (GER) 1:59.86 (1:00.03, 59.83);_6. Rebecca Sorensen (USA) 2:01.06 (1:00.52, 1:00.54);_9. Jessica Palmer (USA) 2:01.77 (1:00.73, 1:01.04);_12. Keslie Tomlinson (USA) 2:02.62 (1:01.20, 1:01.42); About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation' The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Columbia Sportswear Company, Speedo, CW-X, KBC Helmets, ULU Boots, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Lumber Liquidators and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.