Skeleton at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's

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Men's Skeleton
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Martins Dukurs, Jon Montgomery, and Alexander Tretiakov.jpg
Venue Whistler Sliding Centre
Dates 18–19 February
Competitors 28 from 17 nations
Winning time 3:29.73
Medalists
Gold medal    Canada
Silver medal    Latvia
Bronze medal    Russia
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Skeleton at the
2010 Winter Olympics
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Events
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The men's skeleton event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada took place at the Whistler Sliding Centre on 18–19 February.[1] Canada's Duff Gibson was the defending Olympic champion.[2] Gibson retired after the 2006 Olympics. Switzerland's Gregor Stähli, the defending Olympic bronze medalist was the defending world champion,[3] but did not compete to a thigh injury sustained during the World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York on 20 November 2009.[4] The test event held at the venue was won by Jon Montgomery of Canada.[5] The last World Cup event prior to the 2010 Games took place in Igls, Austria (southeast of Innsbruck) on 23 January 2010 as was won by Latvia's Martins Dukurs[6] who also won the overall World Cup title.[7]

Canada's Jon Montgomery took the Gold medal, 0.07 seconds ahead of Latvia's Martins Dukurs who had been leading heading into the final run. Bronze was won by Alexander Tretiakov of Russia.

Records[edit]

While the IOC does not consider skeleton times eligible for Olympic records, the FIBT does maintain records for both the start and a complete run at each track it competes.

These records were set during the test event for the 2010 Games on 5 February 2009.

Type[5] Date Athlete Time
Start 5 February 2009  Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 4.52
Track 5 February 2009  Jeff Pain (CAN) 53.67

Qualifying athletes[edit]

On 20 January 2010, the FIBT announced that the following teams had qualified for the 2010 Games:[8][9] These quotas were updated on 26 January 2010.[10][11]

These are the athletes who qualified for the men's event as of 1 February 2010.[12]

Results[edit]

The first two runs took place on 18 February at 18:30 PST and 19:45 PST.[1] On 19 February, the final two runs took place at 18:20 PST and 19:30 PST.[1]

First run start order was released on the afternoon of 17 February 2010.[13]

TR - Track Record. Top finish in each run is in boldface.

Douglas, who was in seventh place after the second run, was disqualified for not getting his sled into parque fermé, the area where the skeleton sleds are inspected before they go down the Sliding Centre, in a timely manner.[14] Roberts withdrew prior to the start of the third run. Only the top 20 skeleton racers competed in the fourth and final run. Montgomery came from behind to edge Dukurs in the fourth run.[15]

Rank Bib Athlete Country Run 1[16] Run 2[17] Run 3[18] Run 4[19] Total Behind
1st 5 Jon Montgomery Canada 52.60 52.57 52.20 TR 52.36 3:29.73 +0.00
2nd 1 Martins Dukurs Latvia 52.32 TR 52.59 52.28 52.61 3:29.80 +0.07
3rd 8 Alexander Tretiakov Russia 52.70 53.05 52.30 52.70 3:30.75 +1.02
4 4 Tomass Dukurs Latvia 52.94 52.88 52.62 52.69 3:31.13 +1.40
5 12 Zach Lund United States 53.04 52.85 52.57 52.81 3:31.27 +1.54
6 6 Kristan Bromley Great Britain 52.91 52.89 52.70 52.80 3:31.30 +1.57
7 2 Frank Rommel Germany 52.90 53.25 52.55 52.70 3:31.40 +1.67
8 15 Matthias Guggenberger Austria 52.75 53.02 53.03 53.01 3:31.81 +2.08
9 10 Jeff Pain Canada 53.03 53.18 53.00 52.65 3:31.86 +2.13
10 3 Sandro Stielicke Germany 53.18 53.24 52.64 53.02 3:32.08 +2.35
11 14 Ben Sandford New Zealand 53.11 53.32 52.90 53.26 3:32.59 +2.86
12 17 Sergey Chudinov Russia 53.64 53.26 53.13 52.92 3:32.95 +3.22
13 7 Mirsad Halilović Germany 53.09 53.87 52.92 53.24 3:33.12 +3.39
14 9 Eric Bernotas United States 53.23 53.55 53.33 53.16 3:33.27 +3.54
15 21 Gregory Saint-Genies France 53.40 53.16 53.32 53.43 3:33.31 +3.58
16 18 Pascal Oswald Switzerland 53.77 53.68 53.00 53.30 3:33.75 +4.02
17 13 John Daly United States 54.08 53.65 53.23 53.05 3:34.01 +4.28
18 16 Adam Pengilly Great Britain 53.75 54.17 53.36 53.23 3:34.51 +4.78
19 23 Shinsuke Tayama Japan 53.94 53.84 54.03 53.36 3:35.17 +5.44
20 20 Kazuhiro Koshi Japan 54.02 54.10 53.74 53.42 3:35.28 +5.55
21 19 Anže Šetina Slovenia 54.50 54.35 53.75 2:42.60
22 27 Cho In Ho South Korea 54.46 54.42 54.28 2:43.16
23 22 Anthony Deane Australia 54.55 54.12 54.68 2:43.35
24 25 Ander Mirambell Spain 54.77 54.59 54.26 2:43.62
25 26 Patrick Shannon Ireland 55.18 55.20 54.60 2:44.98
26 28 Nicola Drocco Italy 55.77 54.60 54.97 2:45.34
24 Iain Roberts New Zealand 55.21 57.58 DNS
11 Michael Douglas Canada 52.83 53.04 DSQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2010 Winter Olympics Skeleton schedule. - accessed 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ 2006 Winter Olympics men's skeleton results. - accessed 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ FIBT World Championships 2009 men's skeleton results. - accessed 8 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Staehli to miss Vancouver Games". - 15 January 2010 UniversalSports.com article accessed 28 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b Whistler Sliding Centre World Cup 5 February 2009 men's skeleton results. - accessed 8 November 2009.
  6. ^ FIBT Skeleton World Cup Igls 23 January 2010 men's results. - accessed 23 January 2010.
  7. ^ FIBT Skeleton World Cup final men's rankings. - accessed 23 January 2010.
  8. ^ FIBT Announces Olympic Qualifying Quotas. at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (20 January 2010 article accessed 21 January 2010.)
  9. ^ FIBT skeleton men quotas for the 2010 Winter Olympics. - 20 January 2010 article accessed 21 January 2010.
  10. ^ Olympic Quotas Updated After Reallocation. at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (26 January 2010 article accessed 27 January 2010.)
  11. ^ 26 January 2010 FIBT Nations who have qualified for men's skeleton at the 2010 Winter Olympics. - accessed 27 January 2010.
  12. ^ Vancouver2010.com skeleton athletes. - accessed 1 February 2010.
  13. ^ 2010 Winter Olympics 17 February 2010 Skeleton men's start. - accessed 18 February 2010.
  14. ^ "Canada's Douglas disqualified in men's skeleton." - 19 February 2010 CBC.ca article written by Mihira Lakshman accessed 20 February 2010.
  15. ^ "Canada's Montgomery pips Latvian for skeleton gold." - 19 February 2010 Vancouver2010.com article accessed 20 February 2010.
  16. ^ 2010 Winter Olympics 18 February 2010 Skeleton men run 1 results. - accessed 19 February 2010.
  17. ^ 2010 Winter Olympics 18 February 2010 Skeleton men run 2 results. - accessed 19 February 2010.
  18. ^ 2010 Winter Olympics 19 February 2010 Skeleton men run 3 results. - accessed 20 February 2010.
  19. ^ 2010 Winter Olympics 19 February 2010 Skeleton men run 4 results. - accessed 20 February 2010.