Antoine and Daly post top-10 finishes in St. Moritz's second men's skeleton race
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Antoine and Daly post top-10 finishes in St. Moritz’s second men’s skeleton race
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 12, 2014)- Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) was in range of the medals in the second men’s skeleton World Cup race in St. Moritz. Antoine, who earned bronze on Friday, once again led the U.S. men after finishing sixth. John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) recovered from a 23rd finish on Friday with a ninth place result today to place two U.S. sleds in the top 10.
“These were good results today,” said Tuffy Latour, U.S. skeleton head coach. “It’s been tough with two races in three days, but we performed well this weekend. Matt was close to another medal performance, and John is back to where he should be in the results.”
St. Moritz featured two men’s skeleton races, one on Friday and the second one today.
Latour suspects the men chose the wrong runner set-up for the conditions today, but said it’s necessary to “live and learn.” The men’s team has been experimenting with different sled and runner configurations throughout the last three seasons, often putting aside better finishes to select the best equipment in the lead up to the Winter Olympic Games next month.
“They aren’t afraid to try new things in races, and I really commend these guys for getting out of their comfort zone and doing stuff that benefits the entire team,” Latour said. “It’s already paid off.”
Antoine has had a standout season, collecting three medals in six events. He was within striking distance of the medals again today after a first run of 1:09.05, but Latour said Antoine wasn’t as fluid as he normally is in the second heat. He dropped back one spot into sixth with a two-run total of 2:17.53.
Daly posted runs of 1:09.26 and 1:08.48 for a total of 2:17.74. Daly has had a series of ups and downs, starting the season with a 16th place in Calgary, Canada and finishing as high as fourth in Lake Placid, N.Y., proving he’s a threat for the podium when he’s consistent.
Martins Dukurs was back to dominant form today, winning by over one second. He clocked a combined time of 2:15.54 to lead by 1.09 seconds over his brother, Tomasss Dukurs. John Fairbairn from Canada was third with a total of 2:17.32. Martins Dukurs is now in contention for the Triple Trophy, which is a €100,000 prize that will be awarded to any athlete that wins the last three rounds of the World Cup tour and who are the fastest down the track in all six of the heats.
Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) was unable to match his career-best result from Friday after a few mistakes down the track scrubbed time in both runs. He clocked high speeds on the lower portion of the course in the final heat, but it wasn’t enough to crack into the top 10. Tress finished 16th with a two-run total of 2:18.72.
The men’s four-man bobsled World Cup is underway to conclude the St. Moritz event. The U.S. will nominate its Olympic bobsled and skeleton teams following the Igls, Austria World Cup next weekend.
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1. Martins Dukurs (LAT) 2:15.54 (1:08.14, 1:07.40); 2. Tomass Dukurs (LAT) 2:16.63 (1:08.71, 1:07.92); 3. John Fairbairn (CAN) 2:17.32 (1:08.99, 1:08.33);…6. Matt Antoine (USA) 2:17.53 (1:09.05, 1:08.48);…9. John Daly (USA) 2:17.74 (1:09.26, 1:08.48);…16. Kyle Tress (USA) 2:18.72 (1:09.48, 1:09.24);
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