Canada’s Greszczyszyn places 15th at World Cup skeleton opener in Latvia

SIGULDA, Latvia — Dave Greszczyszyn got his World Cup skeleton season off to a 15th place start on Saturday in Sigulda, Latvia.

The 2018 Olympian from Brampton, Ont., clocked a two-run time of one minute 44.73 seconds down the 16-corner track to finish as the top Canadian. His time matched Austria’s Ronald Auderset for the final spot in the top-15.

“It was good to finally be competing on the international stage again,” said the 39-year-old veteran of the Canadian skeleton squad. “I didn’t push as far as I should have in the first run, but when I corrected it in run two, my time was similar, so I need to keep working on my push.”

Greszczyszyn sat in 14th place after the first descent. He dropped one place in the standings following a 17th place down time in the final heat.

“I had a few mistakes and skids in the first run and over controlled things on the second run,” said Greszczyszyn. ”Too much control, I cut more ice and that slowed me down more than letting it run a bit. It’s a very tricky track, probably one of the toughest on tour. I learned a lot this week and would love to come back and apply what I have learned.”

Russia’s Nikita Tregubov rocketed down the Latvian track to a golden time of 1:41.87. Hometown boy, Martins Dukurs, was forced to settle for the silver medal at 1:42.24, while Korea’s Sungbin Yun slid to the bronze with a time of 1:42.40.

Canada’s 25-year-old Kevin Boyer also hit the start block for the season-opener.

The Sherwood Park, Alta. resident did not qualify for the second heat with the top-20 after posting the 22nd fastest time in the opening run.

“I never really have any expectations in a race — especially here. That was a real tough one today,” said Boyer, who competed at the 2018 Olympics. “On a difficult track like here, anything can happen. Today just wasn’t my day. I’m obviously bummed about it but trying to take the positives from training and build off those for next week.”

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

More residential snow plowing could be done in Red Deer this winter

New proposed plowing protocols to be presented to city council Monday

Commercial vacancy rate report shows ‘resiliency’ in local economy

Amount of industrial land being bought and leased stays strong in third quarter

Red Deer loses out on funding for addiction clinic

$8 million divided among eight communities

Red Deer region’s unemployment drops in November

Provincially and Canada-wide November jobless rate increased

Fashion Fridays: Ethical and sustainable gifts for the season

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Tuesday The Central Alberta Council on Aging will hold its Christmas General… Continue reading

Let’s cancel ‘OK Boomer’ in 2020, and the humblebrag, too

NEW YORK — Either loudly sing your own praises or don’t in… Continue reading

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

NEW YORK — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses… Continue reading

Nine Lessons and Carols concert performed Monday in Red Deer

There’s no admission charge to the event at Gaetz Memorial United Church

How to put a stop to bullying

In the years since he left school, Tad Milmine has become interested… Continue reading

New Lacombe community health centre is ready to open its doors

A new community health centre opens next week in Lacombe, bringing many… Continue reading

Ponoka County struck by large amount of unpaid property taxes

CAO now has some discretion in cancelling certain tax penalties

Field coming together for 2020 Champions Cup in Olds

Just five months out from the Humpty’s Champions Cup curling event, big… Continue reading

Most Read