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Duff Gibson

Full name: Duff Gibson
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: August 11, 1966 in Vaughn, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Alberta Skeleton Association
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Skeleton

Related Olympians: Nephew of Ted Gibson.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

At 39, Duff Gibson became the oldest Canadian gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympics when he became champion at the Men’s Skeleton event at the 2006 Games, as well as becoming the oldest individual gold medalist ever in the Winter Games. He also holds the distinction of being Canada’s only gold medalist in the sport. Sport was an important part of his youth, and he dabbled in ice hockey and wrestling before settling on rowing while attending the University of Western Ontario and Speed Skating at the University of Calgary. He later pursued bobsled and luge and only took up skeleton at the age of 33 and began professional competition in 2000. Although he won bronze at the 2002 World Cup, he placed 10th at the competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Between this and the 2006 Olympics, Gibson improved, placing second in the 2003-2004 World Cup standings, winning gold at the 2004 World Championships and bronze at the 2005 Championships. At the 2006 Winter Olympics he took the gold and announced his retirement from the sport, returning to Calgary, Alberta to work as a firefighter at the city’s international airport.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Skeleton Men's Skeleton Canada CAN 10
2006 Winter 39 Torino Skeleton Men's Skeleton Canada CAN 1 Gold

Men's Skeleton

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 IT3 IR3 IT4 IR4 IT5 IR5 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2 ST3 SR3 ST4 SR4 ST5 SR5
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Skeleton Canada CAN Final Standings 10 1:43.16
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Skeleton Canada CAN Run 1 5 51.40 4.82 4 20.13 1 29.65 3 39.69 5 45.58 5 15.31 1 9.52 =8 10.04 9 5.89 =14 5.82 15
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Skeleton Canada CAN Run 2 13T 51.76 4.91 9 20.22 =9 29.75 =10 39.86 12 45.79 12 15.31 =9 9.53 =15 10.11 15 5.93 =14 5.97 18
2006 Winter 39 Torino Skeleton Canada CAN Final Standings 1 1:55.88
2006 Winter 39 Torino Skeleton Canada CAN Run 1 1 57.80 4.71 8 17.55 6 27.40 2 39.06 1 49.51 1 12.84 4 9.85 1 11.66 =1 10.45 2 8.29 2
2006 Winter 39 Torino Skeleton Canada CAN Run 2 1 58.08 4.71 8 17.57 7 27.44 =3 39.19 1 49.71 2 12.86 6 9.87 1 11.75 2 10.52 2 8.37 1