Daly sixth after first day of men's skeleton World Championships

Feb. 01, 2013, 10:17 a.m. (ET)

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Daly sixth after first day of men’s skeleton World Championships

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb 1, 2013)-John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) heads into the final runs of the men’s skeleton World Championships tomorrow in sixth position. Daly has a history of success on the natural made track, boasting a European Cup gold medal and two top-six World Cup finishes in St. Moritz.  

“I love this track,” Daly said. “I feel really good here, and I’ve also got a great coaching staff behind me and all the support I need from my family.  They’ve seen it all, the good and the bad, and they’ve been there for me no matter what.  It definitely helps having them cheering for me at the track.”

Daly posted a first run of 1:08.64 to tie accomplished Latvian competitor Tomass Dukurs for seventh.  Daly clocked a consistent second run of 1:08.68, and Dukurs leapt ahead to break the tie after crossing the finish in 1:08.39.  Just when Daly thought he would finish no better than eighth after the first day of racing, Canadian Jon Montgomery and British athlete Kristan Bromley made crucial mistakes to drop them behind the American.  

Daly’s two-run total of 2:17.32 moved him into sixth position, and he’s just 0.29 seconds from Dukurs in fourth.

“It’s definitely better going into tomorrow in the top six rather than outside of it,” Daly said.  “I knew I could do well here, and I’m looking toward to seeing what I can do tomorrow.  I just have to stay consistent, and I feel confident I can move up even more.”

Russian Alexander Tretiakov is the surprise leader after the first day of racing.  Tretiakov holds a slim advantage of 0.09 seconds over World Cup leader Martins Dukurs.  Tretiakov has a two-run total of 2:15.77, while Martins Dukurs is holding onto second with an aggregate time of 2:15.86.  If Tretiakov wins, it’ll be the first World Championship title for a Russian skeleton competitor. Sergei Chudinov threaded together two strong runs for third position with a cumulative time of 2:16.42.

Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) continues his road of recovery since knee surgery last summer and is en route to meeting his goal of a top-10 finish.  Antoine was tied for 11th with Ben Sandford from New Zealand after a first run of 1:08.87.  Antoine skirted ahead of Sandford and gained an additional spot after posting a second run of 1:08.92 to move into 10th with a two-run total of 2:17.80.

“John and Matt are in the mix and it’s good to see,” said head coach Tuffy Latour.  “They’re putting it together and I think we’ll see them gain a couple spots tomorrow.”

Racing resumes tomorrow with the first two heats of the men’s four-man bobsled race at 9 a.m. local time, followed by the finals runs of the men’s skeleton event at 1:15 p.m. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

Results (Heat 1 & 2):

1. Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 2:15.77 (1:07.85, 1:07.92); 2. Martins Dukurs (LAT) 2:15.86 (1:07.87, 1:07.99); 3. Sergei Chudinov (RUS) 2:16.42 (1:08.12, 1:08.30);…6. John Daly (USA) 2:17.32 (1:08.64, 1:08.68);...10. Matt Antoine (USA) 2:17.80 (1:08.87, 1:08.93);

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