Canada’s Montgomery wins gold in skeleton

Canada’s Jon Montgomery has won the Olympic gold medal in men’s

skeleton, edging Latvia’s Martins Dukurs.

Montgomery completed his four runs down the Whistler Sliding

Center track in 3 minutes, 29.73 seconds. After finishing his last

run, he waited at the finish area and watched as Dukurs, who had

been nearly flawless in the first three heats, bumped the wall

after the final curve.

Dukurs finished in 3:29.80. Russia’s Alexander Tretyakov was

third in 3:30.75.

Dukurs had dominated the World Cup tour all season and was

within feet of winning his country’s first gold in the winter

Olympics when he made the costly mistake in the final curve and

slammed hard into the exit of turn 16.