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Skeleton at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Skeleton

Skeleton at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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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.

Gold: RUS Aleksandr Tretyakov
Silver: LAT Martins Dukurs
Bronze: USA Matt Antoine

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Aleksandr Tretyakov 28 Russia RUS Gold 3:44.29
2 Martins Dukurs 29 Latvia LAT Silver 3:45.10
3 Matt Antoine 28 United States USA Bronze 3:47.26
4 Tomass Dukurs 32 Latvia LAT 3:47.58
5 Sergey Chudinov 30 Russia RUS 3:47.59
6 Nikita Tregubov 18 Russia RUS 3:47.62
7 John Fairbairn 30 Canada CAN 3:48.13
8 Kristan Bromley 41 Great Britain GBR 3:48.17
9 Alexander Kröckel 23 Germany GER 3:48.29
10 Dom Parsons 26 Great Britain GBR 3:48.36
11 Frank Rommel 29 Germany GER 3:48.47
12 Hiroatsu Takahashi 29 Japan JPN 3:48.74
13 Eric Neilson 33 Canada CAN 3:48.77
14 Matthias Guggenberger 29 Austria AUT 3:49.00
15 John Daly 28 United States USA 3:49.11
16 Yun Seong-Bin 19 South Korea KOR 3:49.57
17 John Farrow 31 Australia AUS 3:50.67
18 Maurizio Oioli 32 Italy ITA 3:50.68
19 Raphael Maier 21 Austria AUT 3:50.86
20 Ben Sandford 34 New Zealand NZL 3:51.21
21 Kyle Tress 32 United States USA 2:53.74
22 Yuki Sasahara 29 Japan JPN 2:54.20
23 Alexandros Kefalas 29 Greece GRE 2:54.75
24 Lee Han-Sin 25 South Korea KOR 2:55.17
25 Dorin Velicu 27 Romania ROU 2:56.07
26 Ander Mirambell Viñas 30 Spain ESP 2:56.10
27 Sean Greenwood 26 Ireland IRL 3:01.32