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American Slides to Bronze in Olympic Skeleton

By Tom Withers
|  Saturday, Feb 15, 2014  |  Updated 12:57 PM EDT
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US Matthew Antoine reacts after finishing the Men's Skeleton Heat 4 and final run at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 15, 2014.

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Alexander Tretiakov of Russia won the gold medal in men's Olympic skeleton on Saturday, blasting away from the world's top racers.

Hurtling down a track he's trained on more than anyone else, Tretiakov thrilled a raucous Russian crowd by completing four runs at the Sanki Sliding Center in 3 minutes, 44.29 seconds, well ahead of Latvia's Martins Dukurs, who finished in 3:45.10 and won silver for the second straight games.

Matt Antoine of Prairie du Chien, Wis., won bronze, the first skeleton medal for the U.S. since Jimmy Shea's gold in 2002.

Tretiakov won bronze four years ago in Vancouver and figured to be among the pack of sliders to contend for gold. Instead, he was the leader from the moment he stepped on the ice.

The 28-year-old Tretiakov, known as the "Russian Rocket," began the day leading Dukurs by 0.56 seconds.


Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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