SOCHI SCENE: Self-critic

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Ben Sandford of New Zealand might be the front-runner for ”Worst quote about yourself at the Sochi Olympics,” if such a contest existed.

Sandford is 20th after Friday’s first two runs of the men’s skeleton competition, more than two seconds – that really is a enormous gap in sliding – away from medal contention, and almost four seconds off the race lead.

So when asked by a reporter how he thought the day went, Sandford didn’t make any excuse whatsoever.

”I’m usually pretty good at skeleton,” he quipped, waiting for a half-dozen people around him to get the joke.

– By Tim Reynolds – Twitter http://twitter.com/ByTimReynolds

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