Jon Montgomery slides to ninth in skeleton race
January 5, 2013, ALTENBERG, Ger. (ISN) – Canada’s Lyndon Rush took over the number one spot in the overall World Cup two-man bobsleigh standings after finishing fourth in Altenberg, Germany on Saturday.
The 32-year-old Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., slid shy of the podium after joining forces with Calgary’s Lascelles Brown to clock a two-run time of 1:54.85 down the 1,413-metre icychute.
“It was okay today, but it was kind of disappointing to lose a spot after the first run,” said Rush. “It is a tough field and you have to be good to win. There is no room for mistakes.”
While dropping off the podium, the fourth-place finish was enough to secure the Canada 1 sled top spot in the World Cup two-man standings. Rush and Brown won a silver medal together in Whistler. The top pilot in the country added a bronze and gold medal with Jesse Lumsden pushing him before the holiday break.
“I’m a bit surprised to be leading because we crashed in Park City so I thought I would be out of it for the overall,” said Rush, who added the absence of American Steven Holcomb in Altenberg opened the door for the race for number one. “It will be fun to go down to the wire and make a run for it for sure though.”
The German sleds were well prepared to make a run for the podium after a disappointing start to the season. And they certainly didn’t disappoint the hometown crowd with a medal sweep.
Thomas Florschuetz and Kevin Kuske shared top spot with countrymen Francesco Friedrich and Janis Baecker as the top-two German sleds finished deadlocked at 1:54.15. Manuel Machata piloted the Germany 3 sled with Christian Poser to grab the bronze medal with a time of 1:54.76.
“The Germans are good and tough to beat,” said Rush. “Having two weeks off, I think they came in here very well prepared for this race.”
The Germans also grabbed two of three spots on the podium in the men’s skeleton race, which capped off a day of sliding on Saturday in Altenberg.
Alexander Kroekel won the silver medal with a time of 1:58.92, while Frank Rommel snagged the bronze at 1:59.36. But even the Germans couldn’t hold off a dominant Martins Dukurs, who won again. The Latvian clocked a golden time of 1:58.44.
Olympic champion Jon Montgomery was the lone Canadian to slide into the top 10. Montgomery, of Russell, Man., slid to ninth spot with a time of 2:01.14. Calgary’s John Fairbairn was 11th at 2:01.45, while Eric Neilson, of Kelowna, B.C., placed 14th (2:01.93).
The World Cup wraps up on Sunday in Altenberg with the men’s four-man bobsleigh race.
Top-Five Men’s Bobsleigh Results:
T1. Florschuetz/Kuske, GER 2, 1:54.15
T1. Friedrich/Baecker, GER 1, 1:4.15
3. Machata/Poser, GER 3, 1:54.76
4. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Brown, Calgary, CAN 1, 1:54.85
5. Melbardis/Dreiskens, LAT 1, 1:55.42.
Top-Five Men’s Skeleton Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 1:58.44
2. AlexanderKroekel, GER, 1:58.92
3. Frank Rommel, GER, 1:59.36
4. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 1:59.74
5. Christopher Grotheer, GER, 2:00.58.
9. Jon Montgomery, Russell, Man., 2:01.14
11. John Fairbairn, Calgary, 2:01.45
14. Eric Neilson, Kelowna, B.C., 2:01.93.
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