by Chris Dornan
January 10, 2014, ST. MORITZ, Sui. (ISN) – John Fairbairn had the race of his life at the birthplace of the sport in St. Mortiz, Switzerland by finishing sixth at the Skeleton World Cup on Friday.
The 29-year-old Fairbairn clocked a two-run time of 2:20.59 on the 1,700-metre icy chute – the only natural track on the bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup.
“It is always a privilege to slide in St. Moritz, so to have a great result here means a lot,” said Fairbairn, who was seventh after the first run. “I had my two best runs of the week today in the race, and it feels good to know that I’m continuing to put the pieces together on each track.”
He certainly has. One of the most consistent sliders for the Canadian men since 2010, the Calgarian has been a mainstay in the top-10 this year. He posted his first sixth-place result at Lake Placid, N.Y. which earned him a spot on the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team.
“The next step for me is to keep this momentum going, and keep sticking to my plan as I build towards the Olympics,” added Fairbairn.
Latvia’s Dukurs brothers grabbed the top-two spots on the podium for the second-straight week. Martins finished on top at 2:19.18, while Tomass grabbed the silver with a time of 2:19.44. Matthew Antoine, of the United States, clocked-in at 2:19.87 for the bronze medal.
Eric Neilson, of Kelowna, B.C., slid his way back into the top-10. Sitting in fifth after his first bomb down the St. Moritz track, Neilson dropped to ninth for a time of 2:20.64. Jon Montgomery, of Russell, Man., had a challenging day in his return to the World Cup this year. Sitting in ninth spot heading into the final four right corners of the track, Montgomery skidded and lost all speed.
The reigning Olympic champion did not qualify for the second run after posting the 29th fastest time at 1:11.80 in the first heat. He will continue his bid to earn a spot on the Olympic Team with the second men’s race in St. Moritz on Sunday.
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Complete Results: www.fibt.com
Top-Five Men’s Skeleton Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 2:19.18; 2. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 2:19.44; 3. Matthew Antoine, USA, 2:19.87; 4. Alexander Tretriakov, RUS, 2:19.98; 5. Kyle Tress, USA, 2:20.50.
Other Canadian Results:
6. John Fairbairn, Calgary, 2:20.59; 9. Eric Neilson, Calgary, 2:20.64 29. Jon Montgomery, Russell, Man., DNQ for second heat