Jon Montgomery races Friday. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Russell’s Jon Montgomery is in a top-10 position, while Brandon’s Cassie Hawrysh placed 12th overall at the world skeleton championships on Friday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Montgomery, the 33-year-old reigning Olympic gold medallist, had one of his best days of his roller-coaster World Cup season to sit in seventh place going into today’s final two runs of the men’s final. Montgomery, who was ranked 10th in the world entering the championship, posted a combined time of two minutes 17.36 seconds and sits 1.59 seconds behind leader Alexander Tretjyakov of Russia.
Meanwhile, Hawrysh improved on her times Friday from her first two races on Thursday, but slipped to 12th in the final standings at her first world championship.
However, after posting a pair of personal best times yesterday at the St. Moritz track, the 28-year-old Hawrysh was happy with how she raced.
"Each run presented me with new challenges on and off the ice and I am pleased with how I worked through every one and ultimately, laid down a solid year-end performance," Hawrysh said in a message from overseas. "There are certainly a number of technical aspects that I will work on over the course of the next months, but I have no trouble saying that this season has been a true success!"
Ranked ninth in the world entering the championship, Hawrysh posted a combined four-run time of 4:42.59 to finish 3.99 seconds behind winner Shelly Rudman of Britain. Canada’s Sarah Reid was third, while Mellisa Hollingsworth finished fifth.
"I’m absolutely thrilled. I have no words," Reid told the Canadian Press. "To be truthful, I thought about a medal before the race, but being eighth in the first run I thought it wasn’t possible. Then I put down three good runs and I am just so happy."
Hawrysh and Montgomery will wrap up the World Cup tour with a stop in two weeks at the new track in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 2, 2013