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Montgomery back on Whistler podium

Olympic champ takes bronze in Intercontinental Cup race Skeleton
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Jon Montgomery wraps up a run during Intercontinental Cup skeleton competition at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Sunday (Jan. 5). The 2010 Olympic champ finished third, his best result of the season.

Jon Montgomery returned to the podium at the Whistler Sliding Centre this weekend during what will likely be his final races at the site of his 2010 Olympic triumph.

Montgomery placed third in Sundayís (Jan. 5) Intercontinental Cup menís skeleton race for the top Canadian result. A second set of races took place Monday as well but concluded after press time.

Montgomery, who has been racing on the second-tier circuit this season as he seeks a possible berth to next monthís Olympics, earned his first top-three result of the season. His two-run time of one minute, 46.27 seconds left him just nine-hundredths off the winning time set by Italyís Maurizio Oioli. German slider Alexander Gassner finished second. Irelandís Sean Greenwood, who is based out of Whistler, placed fifth.

Rounding out the Canadian results, Barrett Martineau finished ninth and Patrick Rooney placed 11th.

Cassie Hawrysh was the quickest Canadian on the track in Sundayís womenís race, as the Manitoba native finished sixth. Jane Channell placed 10th and Elisabeth Vathje, the other Canadian in the field, was 16th.

It was a one-two finish for Germany in the womenís race, as Katharina Heinz finished more than a full second ahead of teammate Jacqueline Loelling for the victory. Great Britainís Donna Creighton took the bronze.

Both Montgomery and Hawrysh remain in the running for spots on Canadaís Olympic team, which may have room to add one more skeleton athlete for each gender before competition in Sochi gets underway. Montgomeryís main opponent for the menís spot, Dave Greszczyszyn, finished 20th in the World Cup race at Winterberg, Germany, on Friday (Jan. 3). Robynne Thompson, who is battling with Hawrysh for an Olympic berth, was 17th in the womenís event.

Sarah Reid picked up a bronze medal to lead the Canadian World Cup squad in Germany, while John Fairbairnís ninth-place finish was the top result from a Canadian menís racer.

Following Mondayís races in Whistler, the Intercontinental Cup tour will head to Park City, Utah, for the last two races of the season.


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