Barrett Martineau Leads Canadians in 12th at World Cup Skeleton in Germany

Justin Kripps and Alex Kopacz team up in 11th in men¹s two-man bobsleigh


KONIGSSEE, Ger.—Barrett Martineau continued his fight for a top-10 finish, but was on the outside looking in Saturday at a World Cup stop in Konigssee, Germany where he was 12th.


Hovering around the top-10 all season, the 25-year-old clocked a two-run, 12th-place time of 1:42.00.


“I’m not incredibly satisfied with today’s result, but it is still a step in the right direction,” said Martineau. “This race was all about figuring things out to prepare for World Championships next that are here next month. I have learned a lot this week and expect to a better showing at World Champs.


“Getting into the top-10 in this field is difficult. The lines need to be solid. The push fast and the equipment nailed. Right now I’m struggling to acquire equipment that will give me the competitive edge so I need to keep my focus on pushing fast and sliding flawless.”


Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov was dialed in on Saturday winning the men’s skeleton race with a time of 1:40.41. Korea’s Sungbin Yun was second at 1:40.46, while Germany’s Alexander Gassner placed third with a time of 1:40.60.


Edmonton’s Kevin Boyer had another solid result in his rookie season, placing 17th at 1:42.60. Dave Greszczyszyn, of Brampton, Ont., rounded out the Canadian contingent in 19th with a time of 1:42.94.


Meanwhile, competing for the first time together this year, Justin Kripps and Alex Kopacz clocked an 11th-place time of 1:39.21 in the men’s two-man bobsleigh race to finish as the top Canadian sled.


Calgary’s Chris Spring and Edmonton’s Neville Wright slid into the final spot of the top-15. The Canadian duo posted a two-run time of 1:39.40 on the technical Konigssee track.


Hamilton’s Nick Poloniato teamed up with Calgary’s Dan Sunderland in the final Canadian sled, but did not advance to the second run with the top-20 after finishing 24th.


Germany’s Johannes Lochner and Joshua Bluhm won the two-man event with a time of 1:38.54. Steven Holcomb and Carlo Valdes won the silver in the American sled with a time of 1:38.77. Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis rounded out the men’s podium in third at 1:38.77.

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