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January 25, 2008 Antoine Wins Lake Placid Intercontinental Cup, Captures Overall Title; Tomlinson Fourth LAKE PLACID, N.Y.- Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) claimed gold on his home track today in the final men's skeleton Intercontinental Cup competition in Lake Placid, N.Y. Antoine's victory today helped him capture the overall Intercontinental Cup title."Before the season started, I wouldn't have guessed that I would have won the overall title,"Antoine said."I knew I was going to tracks in Europe that I'd never been on. After posting some good results in Europe, I started to feel confident that I could do it coming into the second half in North America."Antoine finished second in 2006-07 America's Cup standings to Great Britain's Andy Wood. This year Antoine made a statement by claiming the overall Intercontinental Cup crown, which is a six race series held in both North America and Europe. Finishing second overall is 2006 Olympic silver medalist Jeff Pain from Canada with 675 points. Wood finished third with 630 points."Now I know I can keep pace with the top guys, no matter what track I'm on,"Antoine said."This season was a confidence builder for me."Antoine won his first gold medal of the season at the Intercontinental Cup finale on his home track in Lake Placid. Antoine slid the two fastest runs of the competition, a 54.97 and 55.14, for a winning combined time of 1:50.11. Antoine pushed a 5.08 and 5.05, both second fastest of the race."I was more nervous for this race than I have been for any of them this season,"Antoine said."I wanted to win this race so much. I knew I could do it, but I definitely put some pressure on myself."Antoine denied a German sweep of the podium. Michi Halilovic from Germany finished second with a total time of 1:50.40, 0.29 seconds behind the American, after runs of 54.99 and 55.41. In third was Germany's Sandro Stielicke after runs of 55.34 and 55.61 for a combined time of 1:50.95. David Lingerman, Germany's final sled of the competition, was closely behind in fourth with a total time of 1:51.42 (55.37, 56.05). Kyle Tress (Trenton, N.J.) tied for fifth today with Wood. Both sliders slid a two-run total of 1:51.87. Tress clocked runs of 55.84 and 56.03 after pushing an identical start time of 5.11 seconds in both heats. Tress completed the season ranked eighth in Intercontinental Cup standings. Stokes Aitken (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished eighth today after runs of 56.00 and 56.33, ninth and tenth best of the competition, respectively. In the women's competition, 2008 U.S. National Champion Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) finished fourth, just 0.24 seconds from the podium. Tomlinson slid a first run time of 57.26 seconds, eighth best of the heat, but composed herself between heats before responding with the second fastest time of the second heat, 57.08 seconds. Tomlinson slid a two-run total of 1:54.34, finishing just outside of the medals. Tomlinson finished the Intercontinental Cup season ranked sixth against some of the world's most competitive female sliders with 585 points. Next stop for Tomlinson will be in Europe, where she will meet with the World Cup team and possibly make her World Cup debut in Winterberg, Germany. Canadian Amy Gough claimed gold today with a combined time of 1:53.70. Gough slid the fourth fastest time of the first run, 56.86 seconds, and the fastest time of the second run, 56.84 seconds, to move into the lead. Julia Eichhorn from Germany finished second with a total time of 1:53.81 after sliding runs of 56.71, fastest of the competition, and 57.10. Taking the bronze was two-time Olympian Lindsay Alcock from Canada with a two-run total of 1:54.10 (56.75, 57.35). Rebecca Sorensen (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished ninth today after runs of 57.59 and 57.37 for a combined time of 1:54.96. Sorensen pushed an impressive 5.52 and 5.56 today, second and first fastest start times of the race. Sorensen is ranked tenth in overall standings with 495 points. Jessica Palmer (Roy, Utah) slid a two-run total of 1:57.67 after sliding runs of 58.68 and 58.99 for a 14th place finish. Palmer joined the Intercontinental Cup team for the North American half, finishing the season ranked 15th with 250 points. 2006 Olympic silver medalist Shelley Rudman from Great Britain competed in her third competition of the season today. Rudman returned to sliding in the Park City, Utah Intercontinental Cup competition after having given birth to her first child, Ella, in October. Ella's father, Kristan Bromley, won his first World Cup competition since 2004 in St. Moritz, Switzerland today. Rudman finished fifth today with a combined time of 1:54.56 (56.85, 57.71). Alcock claimed the Intercontinental Cup title today with 845 points. Eichhorn finished second in standings with 775, while today's winner, Gough, finished third overall with 710 points. For complete results of today's race, and overall Intercontinental Cup standings, please visit www.bobsleigh.com, the Web site of the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT). Results: Men's Skeleton
1. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:50.11 (54.97, 55.14); 2. Michi Halilovic (GER) 1:50.40 (54.99, 55.41); 3. Sandro Stielicke (GER) 1:50.95 (55.34, 55.61);_5. Kyle Tress (USA) 1:51.87 (55.84, 56.03);_9. Stokes Aitken (USA) 1:52.33 (56.00, 56.33); Women's Skeleton
1. Amy Gough (CAN) 1:53.70 (56.86, 56.84); 2. Julia Eichhorn (GER) 1:53.81 (56.71, 57.10); 3. Lindsay Alcock (CAN) 1:54.10 (56.75, 57.35); 4. Keslie Tomlinson (USA) 1:54.34 (57.26, 57.08);_9. Rebecca Sorensen (USA) 1:54.96 (57.59, 57.37);_14. Jessica Palmer (USA) 1:57.67 (58.68, 58.99); About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation'
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