Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Sliding Center Sanki, Rzhanaya Polyana
Date Started: February 14, 2014
Date Finished: February 15, 2014
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement. Top 20 after three runs qualified for final run.
On any other track multiple World Cup winner [Martins Dukurs] of Latvia would have been an overwhelming favourite to improve on his silver medal performance in Vancouver and win his nation's first Winter Olympic gold medal. Since the Vancouver Olympics his record had been unmatched in any winter sport as he had won 28 of the 36 World Cup and World Championship race. However he was not the reigning world champion, that honour held by [Aleksandr Tretyakov], and it was thought that the Russian's home track knowledge might be a major factor in Sochi. Other contenders for the medals were [Tomass Dukurs], elder brother to Martin, and American [Matt Antoine].
It quickly became apparent that Martins Dukurs and Tretyakov were competing at a completely different level to the rest of the field but also that the Russian team's intensive preparation on the track was yielding fine results. Tretyakov was over a quarter of a second faster than his rival on three of his four runs and the small margin the Latvian gained on the other run was insignificant to the final result.
With gold and silver long decided the attention turned to which of five sliders would take the bronze medal? John Daly appeared to be in prime position before the final run but his sled slipped out of the slider track on the push phase and his chances were instantly ruined. It was a fellow American who benefitted from Daly's misfortune as Matt Antoine won his nation's first medal in this event since 2002.
|3||Matt Antoine||28||United States||USA||Bronze||3:47.26|
|8||Kristan Bromley||41||Great Britain||GBR||3:48.17|
|10||Dom Parsons||26||Great Britain||GBR||3:48.36|
|15||John Daly||28||United States||USA||3:49.11|
|16||Yun Seong-Bin||19||South Korea||KOR||3:49.57|
|20||Ben Sandford||34||New Zealand||NZL||3:51.21|
|21||Kyle Tress||32||United States||USA||2:53.74|
|24||Lee Han-Sin||25||South Korea||KOR||2:55.17|
|26||Ander Mirambell Viñas||30||Spain||ESP||2:56.10|