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USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Antoine leads U.S. in men's skeleton World Cup opener

Nov. 29, 2013, 5:49 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
(518) 354-2250, abird@usbsf.com

Antoine leads U.S. in men’s skeleton World Cup opener

CALGARY, Canada (Nov. 29, 2013)- Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) led the U.S. in the first men’s skeleton World Cup race of the 2013-2014 season with a seventh place finish.  Antoine was fourth after a first run time of 56.72 seconds and within striking distance of the medals, but the exit of the start groove threw his sled into the right wall before corner one in the second run and he was unable to make up time on the short course. The veteran clocked a combined time of 1:53.08 for seventh.

“It’s frustrating,” Antoine said. “I showed all week in training that I was in contention.  I was right there in the first run, so to have it fall away to something out of my control was disappointing. I know I’m sliding well and confident in my ability. I know it’s not the first race that matters this season; everyone is looking at building towards the last race in Sochi.”

Four-time defending World Cup champion Martins Dukurs smashed an eight-year track record in the final heat with a run of 55.83 seconds en route to winning the season opener.  The Latvian grabbed the first gold medal of the year by a huge margin of 0.75 seconds with a two-run total of 1:51.39.  Alexander Tretiakov finished second with a total time of 1:52.14.  Tretiakov lived up to his nickname, the “Russian rocket,” by breaking his own start record in the final heat with a push time of 4.71 seconds in the second run.  Dominic Edward Parsons from Great Britain was the surprise third place finisher with a total time of 1:52.74.

John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) hoped to start the season by cracking into the medals for the first time in his World Cup career, but the 2010 Olympian fell short with a 16th place finish.  Daly posted runs of 57.08 and 56.64 seconds for a combined time of 1:53.72.

Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) slid a first run time of 57.30 seconds for 22nd position. He missed the top-20 cutoff for the final heat by just 0.09 seconds.

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

Results:

1. Martins Dukurs (LAT) 1:51.39 (56.08, 55.31); 2. Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 1:52.14 (56.31, 55.83); 3. Dominic Edward Parsons (GBR) 1:52.74 (56.60, 56.14);…

7. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:53.08 (56.72, 56.36);…16. John Daly (USA) 1:53.72 (57.08, 56.64);…22. Kyle Tress (USA) (57.30, DNS);

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