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Antoine and Crumpton in top five of men’s skeleton Park City World Cup
PARK CITY, UTAH (Jan. 16, 2016)- Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) and Nathan Crumpton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) carried momentum from the top-five finishes by the women’s team earlier today with top-five finishes of their own in the men’s skeleton World Cup race. Antoine led the U.S. men with a fourth place finish, and Crumpton finished on his teammate’s heels in fifth.
“It was a very solid day for the entire team,” Antoine said. “My confidence is coming back, and again, my push is definitely my biggest deficit right now. I’m already seeing some improvement from the work I’ve put in, so it’s encouraging to see it coming along each week.”
Antoine kicked off the second half of the World Cup tour with a fifth place finish in Lake Placid, N.Y. last week and bettered his results with a fourth place finish today after crossing the finish line in 1:39.18. Antoine clocked start times of 4.84 and 4.81 for runs of 49.49 and 49.69 seconds, respectively.
“I’m confident with how I’m driving, and I’m in a position where need to find everything I can on the track,” Antoine said. “Despite my massive deficit at the start I’m able to climb back. There are no easy victories in this sport; you have to be on top of your game every week to be in position to medal. The quality of athletes in sport is making everyone better.”
After racing in the Igls, Austria Intercontinental Cup last weekend, Crumpton flew to Park City to race as the second U.S. entrant in today’s race. He had a stressful return to the U.S. when his sled and equipment were lost. Antoine and another fellow slider, Jeff Bower, let Crumpton borrow equipment earlier in the week.
“It’s been a challenging week all around,” Crumpton said. “Between jet lag, lost equipment, traveling- it’s been stressful. I’m just really glad I was able to put together two solid runs.”
Crumpton was in sixth position after a first heat start time of 4.70 and run of 49.68 seconds. The World Cup rookie surpassed accomplished World Cup and Olympic competitor Tomass Dukurs from Latvia with a blistering second run of 49.64 seconds. Crumpton finished 0.14 seconds behind Antoine for fifth place with a cumulative time of 1:39.32.
“This is unbelievable,” Curmpton said. “I’m shocked, I didn’t expect to be in the top-six. A lot of guys are good on this track, and it took a lot to keep myself calm and composed.”
Crumpton credited the positive team dynamics for their overall success today. The team shared a condo this week, and Crumpton said he needed to “give them a shout out for their patience this week.”
Latvian Martins Dukurs, aptly nicknamed “Superman,” was once again the race winner with a combined time of 1:38.35. Dukurs was a convincing 0.38 seconds ahead of second place finisher Sungbin Yun from Korea, who posted a total time of 1:38.73. Alex Jungk claimed the bronze medal for Germany with an aggregate time of 1:39.05.
Competitions from Park City are scheduled to air on Universal HD. Please check local listings to find the Universal HD channel in your area and for updated air times.
Racing continues on the 2002 Olympic track today with the second four-person bobsled race of the event at 5 p.m. MT.
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1. Martins Dukurs (LAT) 1:38.35 (48.99, 49.36);
2. Sungbin Yun (KOR) 1:38.73 (49.15, 49.58);
3. Axel Jungk (GER) 1:39.05 (49.43, 49.62);
4. Matt Antoine (USA) 1:39.18 (49.49, 49.69);
5. Nathan Crumpton (USA) 1:39.32 (49.68, 49.64);
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