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.
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 StÃ¤hli] of Switzerland, a bronze medallist in Salt Lake and World Champion in 1994 (and again in 2007). StÃ¤hli was back in 5th after the first run, but like in 2002, he moved ahead in the second, and took a second bronze. He wasnât the oldest man on the podium. Duff Gibson â who won both heats â 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 âoldestâ podiums in Winter Olympic history.
|5||Kristan Bromley||33||Great Britain||GBR||1:57.10|
|6||Eric Bernotas||34||United States||USA||1:57.19|
|8||Adam Pengilly||28||Great Britain||GBR||1:57.46|
|10||Ben Sandford||26||New Zealand||NZL||1:57.76|
|17||Kevin Ellis||32||United States||USA||1:59.21|
|21||Tyler Botha||25||South Africa||RSA||2:00.06|
|23||Gang Gwang-Bae||32||South Korea||KOR||2:00.29|
|25||Chris Soule||33||United States||USA||2:01.23|