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Menís Skeleton and Bobsleigh Athletes Slide to Sixth at World Cup in Austria
IGLS, Aut.óTwo Canadian sleds finished in sixth spot in menís skeleton and bobsleigh World Cup action in Igls, Austria on Saturday.

Eric Neilson, of Kelowna, B.C., kicked the day off with one of his best finishes of the season placing sixth in the menís skeleton race with a time of 1:47.11. Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and Calgaryís Lascelles Brown matched the result in the two-man bobsleigh race after clocking-in at 1:45.62.

It was the third top-six Olympic qualifier for Neilson, who also has two fifth-places finishes in Europe this year. The 31 year old now only needs one more top-six finish on the World Cup next year to punch his ticket to his first ever Olympic Games.

ďToday was pretty decent. I didnít push as well as I had hoped, but considering I have had a fever, and have been sick all week, Iím pretty pleased,Ē said Neilson. ďIím glad I woke up this morning and felt better. Itís nice to go into World Championships with a good result.Ē

Fellow Canuck, Jon Montgomery of Russell, Man., continues to improve on his new sled while sliding back into the top-10. The Olympic champ placed eighth at 1:47.46. Calgaryís John Fairbairn was 15th (1:47.92).

Latviaís Dukurs brothers grabbed the gold and bronze medals on Saturday. Martins continued his dominance finishing on top at 1:45.13, while Tomass rounded out the podium with a time of 1:46.88. Russiaís Alexander Tretjyakov was sandwiched between the Latvians in the silver-medal spot at 1:45.88.

The top menís two-man bobsledders hit the track in the afternoon. With Rush and Brown in sixth, the Canada 2 sled of Calgaryís Chris Spring and Edmontonís Neville Wright joined them in the top-10, sliding to eighth with a combined time of 1:45.88.

Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., teamed up with Sam Giguere, of Sherbrooke, Que., to finish 11th (1:46.12).


Switzerlandís Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter posted the time to beat at 1:45.04. Two German sleds were in the second and third place on the podium. Thomas Florschuetz and Kevin Kuske won the silver at 1:45.14, while Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker grabbed the bronze medal at 1:45.16.

The final World Cup before the 2013 World Championships in St. Moritz wraps up on Sunday in Igls, Austria with the menís four-man bobsleigh race.

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Complete Results:

Top-Five Menís Skeleton Results:

1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 1:45.13; 1:45.88; 3. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 1:46.48; 4. Sergei Chudinov, RUS, 1:46.96; 5. Frank Rommel, GER, 1:47.10.

Canadian Results:

6. Eric Neilson, Kelowna, B.C., 1:47.11; 8. Jon Montgomery, Russell, Man., 1:47.46; 15. John Fairbairn, Calgary, 1:47.92


Top-Five Menís Bobsleigh Results:

1. Hefti/Lamparter, SUI, 1:45.02; 2. Florschuetz/Kuske, GER, 1:45.14; 3. Friedrich/Baecker, GER 2, 1:45.16; 4. Melbardis/Dreiskens, LAT, 1:45.41; 5. Butner/Drbal, USA 2, 1:45.61

Canadian Results:

6. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Brown, Calgary, CAN 1, 1:45.62; 8. Spring, Calgary/Wright, Edmtonon, CAN 2, 1:45.88; 11. Kripps, Summerland, B.C./Giguere, Sherbrooke, Que., CAN 3, 1:46.12