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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler
Date Started: February 18, 2010
Date Finished: February 19, 2010
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement. Top 20 after three runs qualified for final run.

Gold: CAN Jon Montgomery
Silver: LAT Martins Dukurs
Bronze: RUS Aleksandr Tretyakov

Summary

Sliding on their home track, the Canadians expected to win the gold medal, led by Jon Montgomery and Jeff Pain. Montgomery had been fourth at the 2009 World Championships and was fifth in the 2009-10 World Cup standings. But Latvian Martins Dukurs, leading the 2009-10 World Cup, had other ideas and took the lead on the first run with a track record of 52.32. Montgomery was second, but 0.28 behind, and although he had the fastest second and third runs, he still trailed Dukurs by 0.18 seconds going into the final run, with Russian [Aleksandr Tretyakov], the 2008-09 World Cup champion and the bronze medalist at the 2009 World Championships, in third. But an outstanding time in the last run by Montgomery moved him ahead of Dukurs by 0.07 seconds to take the gold medal. Tretyakov did enough in his final run to hold on to his third place, 1.02 seconds behind Montgomery. In winning silver and bronze medals, Latvia and Russia won their first skeleton medals in the Olympics. Also noteworthy was the poor performance of the Germans Frank Rommel and Sandro Stielicke, who were second and third in the 2009-10 World Cup standings, but finished only seventh and 10th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Jon Montgomery 30 Canada CAN Gold 3:29.73
2 Martins Dukurs 25 Latvia LAT Silver 3:29.80
3 Aleksandr Tretyakov 24 Russia RUS Bronze 3:30.75
4 Tomass Dukurs 28 Latvia LAT 3:31.13
5 Zach Lund 30 United States USA 3:31.27
6 Kristan Bromley 37 Great Britain GBR 3:31.30
7 Frank Rommel 25 Germany GER 3:31.40
8 Matthias Guggenberger 25 Austria AUT 3:31.81
9 Jeff Pain 39 Canada CAN 3:31.86
10 Sandro Stielicke 23 Germany GER 3:32.08
11 Ben Sandford 30 New Zealand NZL 3:32.59
12 Sergey Chudinov 26 Russia RUS 3:32.95
13 Michi Halilovic 26 Germany GER 3:33.12
14 Eric Bernotas 38 United States USA 3:33.27
15 Grégory Saint-Genies 32 France FRA 3:33.31
16 Yves Pascal Oswald 30 Switzerland SUI 3:33.75
17 John Daly 24 United States USA 3:34.01
18 Adam Pengilly 32 Great Britain GBR 3:34.51
19 Shinsuke Tayama 27 Japan JPN 3:35.17
20 Kazuhiro Koshi 45 Japan JPN 3:35.28
21 Anže Šetina 23 Slovenia SLO 2:42.60
22 Jo In-Ho 31 South Korea KOR 2:43.16
23 Anthony Deane 25 Australia AUS 2:43.35
24 Ander Mirambell Mirambell Viñas 26 Spain ESP 2:43.62
25 Pat Shannon 32 Ireland IRL 2:44.98
26 Nicola Drocco 31 Italy ITA 2:45.34
27 Iain Roberts 30 New Zealand NZL 2:52.79
AC Michael Douglas 38 Canada CAN DQ