Blaser leads U.S. in one-heat men’s skeleton World Cup race in Winterberg

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Blaser leads U.S. in one-heat men’s skeleton World Cup race in Winterberg


Andrew Blaser mid run in Winterberg. (Photo by USA Bobsled/Skeleton)

Andrew Blaser during his run in Winterberg.

WINTERBERG, Germany (January 7, 2022) – Andrew Blaser (Meridian, Idaho) and Austin Florian (Southington, Conn.) finished 22nd and 24th, respectively, in this morning’s men’s skeleton World Cup race in Winterberg. The first run was canceled following protests from the German team about incomplete snow sweeping procedures, reducing the competition to one heat only.

Blaser had the 20th ranked start time of 5.05 seconds for the 22nd best run of 57.51 seconds. Florian posted a respectable push time of 4.97 seconds for a downtime of 57.66 seconds to finish 24th. The track significantly slowed down throughout the heat, which didn’t help the Americans, who were 22nd and 29th in the start order.

Martins Dukurs from Latvia was victorious with a downtime of 56.36 seconds. It’s his 60th career World Cup win. Germany’s Axel Jungk was 0.01 seconds off the pace to claim silver, and Russian Alexander Tretiakov earned bronze with a run of 56.41 seconds.

Racing continues today with the women’s skeleton competition at 2:30 p.m. local time. Streaming will be available via desktop at, and via mobile, tablet and connected television platforms on the Olympic Channel app. Check local listings for broadcast times on the Olympic Channel and

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1. Martins Dukurs (LAT) 56.36;

2. Axel Jungk (GER) 56.37;

3. Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 56.41;

22. Andrew Blaser (USA)  57.51;

24. Austin Florian (USA) 57.66

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