LAKE Placid, N.Y.—John Fairbairn led a trio of Canadians to a career-best 10th-place finish at the Skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday evening.
The 28-year-old Fairbairn, whose best World Cup finish was eighth, capped off a successful sophomore season on the elite skeleton circuit with a top-10 finish. The Calgary-based engineer battled through heavy snowfall and cold conditions that shook up the leaderboard, to clock a four-run time of 3:40.71.
“I pushed really well and left everything out on the table for me today,” said Fairbairn, who was in seventh place after two runs. “It is a little disappointing dropping a few spots from yesterday, but it was a solid World Championships for me. I’ve learned a lot this year. You have to continue to build trying to compete with these guys out here, but my confidence grows each week and I’m going to work as hard as I can this summer to continue improving for next year.”
Overall World Cup winner, Martins Dukurs of Latvia, continued to prove he is the best men’s slider on the globe after capturing the World Championship crown with a combined time of 3:37.09 on the 20-corner ice chute.
Germany’s Frank Rommel finished second at 3:39.17, while Ben Sandford made history for New Zealand, claiming the country’s first World Championship medal after sliding to third spot on the podium at 3:39.50.
Two other Canadians also hit the start line for the two-day affair. Toronto’s Mike Douglas let the snow fly in the snow-packed final run to clock-in at 3:40.93 for 11th spot, while World Cup rookie, Eric Neilson of Kelowna, B.C., placed 13th at 3:41.46.
The World Championships wrap up on Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y. with the final two runs in the men’s four-man bobsleigh race. Canada’s Lyndon Rush, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Neville Wright sit in seventh spot at the mid-way point of the four-run race.
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Top-Five Men’s Skeleton Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 3:37.09; 2. Frank Rommel, GER, 3:39.17; 3. Ben Sandford, NZL, 3:39.50; 4. Sergei Chudinov, RUS, 3:39.65; 5. Matthew Antoine, USA, 3:39.75.
10. John Fairbairn, Calgary, 3:40.71; 11. Mike Douglas, Toronto, 3:40.93; 13. Eric Neilson, Kelowna, B.C., 3:41.96