Sarah Reid wins bronze in World Cup skeleton
Calgarian nabs 1st podium finish of the season
Canada's Sarah Reid captured a bronze medal in World Cup skeleton action on Friday in Park City, Utah.
The Calgarian finished her two runs in a combined one minute and 40.60 seconds.
“I had good training leading into the race and things went good today so I’m happy with it,” said Reid.
“Calgary didn’t go as well as I would have liked, but to get that last Olympic qualifier last week I feel like I was able to relax and really focus on a solid race. It gave me extra motivation for sure to continue pushing for the podium.”
American Noelle Pikus-Pace took gold in 1:39. 54, while Great Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold was 0.68 seconds off-pace for silver.
Reid is coming off a medal-winning season in which she captured one gold, two silver and two bronze medals, including a third-place finish at the 2013 World Championships.
“Things are different now. I used to kind of have a goal of being in the top-six, but now I definitely go into races to be in that top three every time,” Reid said. “I know what if feels like to be on the podium and I want to be there each week.”
Calgary's Robynne Thompson (1:41.08) finished 10th while Cassie Hawrysh (1:41.13) of Brandon, Man., was 11th.
On the men's side, Calgary's John Fairbarn was the top Canadian finisher with a time of 1:38.29, good enough for eighth-place.
8th place today. 2 pretty solid runs. Always tough when you drop back after run 2 but glad to have a good day.
— John Fairbairn (@JohnnyFairbairn) December 6, 2013
Russia's Alexander Tretiakov had a golden time of 1:37.59, w9ith Martins Dukurs of Latvia 0.12 seconds behind and American Matthew Antoine was 0.14 seconds back for bronze.
Calgary's Eric Neilson finished 12th, a full second behind Tretiakov.
Not how in invisioned today. Couple mistakes cost me a lot. Time to move on.
— Eric Neilson (@NeilsonEric) December 6, 2013