Winter Olympics: Team GB clinch first medal
Written by Scott McGerty on 16th February 2018
Team GB have won their first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PeyongChang after Dom Parson finished on the podium in the men’s skelton.
Dom Parsons rose to the occasion in dramatic fashion to claim a bronze medal which is Great Britain’s first skeleton medal in 70 years in Pyeongchang.
The 30-year-old, whose only World Cup podium was in Calgary in 2013, thought he had blown his unlikely chance when a late mistake in his final fourth run saw him slip below Olympic Athlete of Russia’s Nikita Tregubov with two sliders still to go.
But incredibly, it was five-times world champion Martins Dukurs who crumpled under pressure, a series of uncharacteristic errors dumping the Latvian 0.11 behind Parsons, and all but confirming a bronze for the Briton behind the runaway winner, South Korean Yun Sung-bin.
Overall in Skelton, it’s the fifth consecutive Games a British skeleton slider has made the Olympic podium.
Speaking afterward Dom Parsons said: “That was a bit of a rollercoaster and it hasn’t really sunk in yet. I thought I’d lost it after that fourth run, it felt like it’d had gone, I thought I’d binned it.
“But Martins Dukurs has made some more mistakes and he’s the last person I’d expect that from, he’s been dominant for so many years. It’s just those little hundredths making a difference, it’s so close at the top. I’m just grateful that I got lucky,”
“It’s been great, all the work we’ve put in has paid off. Right now it’s just very hard to process and doesn’t seem real.”
Meanwhile, team-mate and fellow Team GB Skelton athlete Jerry Rice, secured himself a career best top ten finish with his tenth place – and now wants to follow Parsons’s lead in Beijing four years from now.
Meanwhile attention now to the women’s skelton in PeyongChang where Team GB’s gold medalist from Sochi 2014 Lizzy Yarnold and first time Olympian Laura Deas start their campaign.
Lizzy, the reigning Olympic champion, is hoping she can reclaim her title from four years ago while Laura Deas is hoping she can follow in Lizzy’s footsteps and also claim a podium finish.
The first and second runs are later today at 11am and 12:20pm UK time with the third and fourth runs, where medals are decided, tomorrow morning UK time.
Also today, Kyle Smith and the men’s curling team are back in action as they face their fourth game of the round robin against Sweden at 11am UK Time.
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