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Gough, Rush on the podium in Park City



The FIBT World Cup tour stopped at Park City, Utah last weekend with a competition on the 2002 Olympic track - the third stop of four in a never-before-seen North American leg, after events in Whistler and Calgary. Lake Placid is set to go this coming weekend.

In the men's skeleton, Alexander Tretiakov of Russia took the win, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Sandro Stielicke of Germany after two runs. Martins Dukurs of Latvia was third, one one-hundredth behind Stielicke.

Jon Montgomery was the top Canadian, 10th in a tightly packed field. Michael Douglas was 13th and John Fairbairn 14th.

On the women's side, Calgary's Amy Gough placed third for the second time in as many weeks, just 0.12 seconds ahead of teammate Mellisa Hollingsworth. The top spot went to Anja Huber of Germany, followed by Shelley Rudman of Great Britain.

Canada's Sarah Reid had a solid day once again to place ninth overall, her third consecutive result in the top 10.

"It feels really good to be able to do this again this week," said Gough. "I thought it would actually be a lot more difficult today, but I pushed better today, was really focused and had two consistent runs."

The women's bobsleigh competition was cancelled after some timing problems. The Canadian men were shut out of the podium in the two-man, and placed third in four-man.

In two-man, the Russia 1 team of pilot Alexsandr Zubkov and brakeman Dmitry Trunenkov were first, followed by the Italy 1 sled of Simone Bertazzo and Servio Riva, and the Germany 1 sled of Manuel Machata and Andreas Bredau. The Canada 1 team of Lyndon Rush and Neville Wright was ninth.

In four-man, the Russia 1 sled (pilot Alexsandr Zubkov, pushers Philipp Egorov and Dmitry Trunenkov, and brakeman Nikoay Hrenkov) was first, followed by the Germany 1 sled (Manuel Machata, Andreas Bredau, Michail Makarow and Christian Poser).

The Canada 1 sled of Lyndon Rush, Chris le Bihan, Cody Sorensen and Neville Wright earned its first podium of the season with a bronze medal performance. After two runs they were just 0.1 seconds back of the lead and 0.07 back of the silver medal.

"I let my team down (Friday in two-man) and they gave me a lift tonight with a great start time," Rush told reporters. "It is great to get our of here with a (medal)."

American home track favourite Steve Holcomb had to settle for sixth place.