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Men's Skeleton

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana Pariol
Date Started: February 17, 2006
Date Finished: February 17, 2006
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: CAN Duff Gibson
Silver: CAN Jeff Pain
Bronze: SUI Gregor Stähli

Summary

Canadian sliders had dominated the sport since the last Olympics, and they came close to a clean sweep of the medals at Cesana Pariol. Jeff Pain had won the 2003 and 2005 World Championships, with Duff Gibson winning the 2004 title. In addition, Pain had won the 2004/2005 World Cup, and he would also win that award in the Olympic season. Among the top challengers for the Canadians was 37-year-old Gregor Stähli of Switzerland, a bronze medallist in Salt Lake and World Champion in 1994 (and again in 2007). Stähli was back in 5th after the first run, but like in 2002, he moved ahead in the second, and took a second bronze. He wasn’t the oldest man on the podium. Duff Gibson – who won both heats – was 39, and he became the oldest individual gold medal winner at the Winter Games. He had long dreamed of competing in the Winter Olympics, trying out as a speed skater and a bobsledder before finding success in the skeleton. His compatriot Pain, who took silver, was also well in his thirties, making for one of the “oldest” podiums in Winter Olympic history.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Duff Gibson 39 Canada CAN Gold 1:55.88
2 Jeff Pain 35 Canada CAN Silver 1:56.14
3 Gregor Stähli 37 Switzerland SUI Bronze 1:56.80
4 Paul Boehm 31 Canada CAN 1:57.06
5 Kristan Bromley 33 Great Britain GBR 1:57.10
6 Eric Bernotas 34 United States USA 1:57.19
7 Martins Dukurs 21 Latvia LAT 1:57.39
8 Adam Pengilly 28 Great Britain GBR 1:57.46
9 Sebastian Haupt 20 Germany GER 1:57.58
10 Ben Sandford 26 New Zealand NZL 1:57.76
11 Kazuhiro Koshi 41 Japan JPN 1:58.05
12 Maurizio Oioli 24 Italy ITA 1:58.52
13 Martin Rettl 32 Austria AUT 1:58.76
14 Philippe Cavoret 38 France FRA 1:58.87
15 Aleksandr Tretyakov 20 Russia RUS 1:59.03
16 Markus Penz 30 Austria AUT 1:59.06
17 Kevin Ellis 32 United States USA 1:59.21
18 Masaru Inada 27 Japan JPN 1:59.37
19 Patrick Singleton 31 Bermuda BER 1:59.81
20 David Connolly 25 Ireland IRL 1:59.97
21 Tyler Botha 25 South Africa RSA 2:00.06
22 Shaun Boyle 35 Australia AUS 2:00.13
23 Gang Gwang-Bae 32 South Korea KOR 2:00.29
24 Frank Rommel 21 Germany GER 2:00.35
25 Chris Soule 33 United States USA 2:01.23
26 Nikola Nimac 24 Croatia CRO 2:04.30
27 Patrick Antaki 41 Lebanon LIB 2:04.44