Three U.S. men's skeleton athletes finish in Igls World Cup top-10
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Three U.S. men’s skeleton athletes finish in Igls World Cup top-10
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IGLS, Austria (Jan. 18, 2014)- All three U.S. men’s skeleton competitors finished with a top-10 result in the final World Cup race before the Olympic team is announced. John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.), Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) and Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) finished 5-6-8, respectively, on the 1976 Olympic track in Igls.
“Today was a good day for all three guys,” said U.S. Skeleton Head Coach Tuffy Latour. “Having all three of them finish in the top eight is great, and we’re heading in the right direction before Sochi.”
Daly pushed a start of 4.99 seconds and posted the third fastest time of the heat, 53.68 seconds. Eager to stay in medal contention, Daly bettered his start by 0.05 seconds in the final run, but fell back into fifth with a total time of 1:47.34.
“It definitely gives me confidence to know that I can be in the mix, but I messed it up in the second run,” Daly said. “This is still my best finish on this track, and I had my personal best start time. The coaches really helped me turn it up and go for all or nothing.”
Antoine pushed a start of 5.10 seconds for a run of 54.14 seconds to tie his teammate, Tress, for 12th in the first heat. Antoine opted to push in the right groove versus the left, which he used in the first run, in the second heat and bettered his start by nearly one-tenth of a second with a push of 5.01 seconds. He didn’t hold anything back on his final run and moved up an astounding six positions into sixth place with a combined time of 1:47.66.
“Pushing in the left groove killed me,” Antoine said. “I instantaneously knew it was the wrong decision once I started the run, and on a track like this where the push means everything it’s difficult to make up time. I felt like I had a great run, but I was frustrated. I gained a little confidence back by rebounding in the second run.”
Tress also improved in the second run with a start of 5.09 for a run of 53.59 seconds. He moved up four spots into eighth with a two-run total of 1:47.73.
“I cleaned up a few things in that second heat and had a good run,” Tress said. “I’m pleased with today.”
The U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation will make its 2014 Olympic Team nominations for the skeleton team at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) today. Athletes will be available for a media teleconference call at 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. ET), and call-in details will be provided in the announcement.
“The three of us have been sliding together for 12 years and we’ve been talking about this moment for at least 10 of those years,” Tress said. “This is an emotional time for all of us, and if we get the chance to compete in the Olympics together, it will be indescribable.”
“Competing in the Olympics together is a career dream for us,” Daly said. “Every rookie starts the sport with the same goal, and it’s just incredible that we might get to live it.”
Latvian Martins Dukurs kept himself in the running for the Triple Trophy after clocking the fastest runs of the competition to claim gold with a combined time of 1:45.76. Russian Alexander Tretiakov broke the start record en route to a silver medal performance with a two-run total of 1:46.0. Tomass Dukurs clocked a total time of 1:47.17 to finish third.
The Igls World Cup continues this afternoon with the men’s two-man bobsled competition at 4:15 p.m. local time. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.
1. Martins Dukurs (LAT) 1:45.76 (53.00, 52.76); 2. Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 1:46.01 (53.04, 52.97); 3. Tomass Dukurs (LAT) 1:47.17 (53.71, 53.46);…5. John Daly (USA) 1:47.34 (53.68, 53.66); 6. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:47.66 (54.14, 53.52);…8. Kyle Tress (USA) 1:47.73 (54.14, 53.59);
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