Skeleton Medal Results for Women's Singles and Men's Singles Qualifying Times

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Skeleton Medal Results for Women's Singles and Men's Singles Qualifying Times
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Friday marked the second day of skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics. And while the men were setting Sanki Sliding Center ablaze during their two opening heats, the women were going all out in an effort to crack the podium.

Great Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold set a track record on her way to locking up the nation's first gold medal of these Games.

Team USA's Noelle Pikus-Pace wasn't far behind, though, finishing second to earn a silver medal for the Americans, extending their total medal count to 13. Russia's Elena Nikitina took home bronze, edging out USA's Katie Uhlaender by 0.04 seconds. 

Women's Skeleton Results
Place (Medal) Name Total Time/Difference
1 (Gold) Elizabeth Yarnold (GBR) 3:52.89
2 (Silver) Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA) +0.97
3 (Bronze) Elena Nikitina (RUS) +1.41
4 Katie Uhlaender (USA) +1.45
5 Olga Potylitsina (RUS) +1.51
6 Maria Orlova (RUS) +1.83
7 Sarah Reid (CAN) +1.84
8 Anja Huber (GER) +2.35
9 Janine Flock (AUT) +3.14
10 Sophia Griebel (GER) +3.23

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Yarnold was awfully impressive on Friday and certainly earned the gold. In her first run of the day she set a new track record of 57.91 seconds and demonstrated incredible poise in the final heat to lock up a proud moment for Great Britain.  

While Pikus-Pace and others were strong on Friday, Yarnold wasn't going to be denied. Her eye-popping run in heat No. 3 set the tone and put the pressure squarely on the field's collective shoulders. 

The victory marks Yarnold's first Olympic medal. And given that she's only 25, she'll have an excellent shot at adding another in 2018.

And let's not forget about the incredible Pikus-Pace.  

The first-time Olympic silver medalist has to be pleased with her performance in Sochi given all that she's overcome to get to this point. 

 

Alexander Tretiakov Sets Blistering Pace 

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The host nation had plenty to cheer for in Friday's men's action as Russia's Alexander Tretiakov set the pace early, setting a new season and track record en route to taking over gold-medal position.

Although Tretiakov's blistering time stole the show, there were plenty of records to go around as Friday's top performers took turns one-upping each other, per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt:

Tretiakov's run of 55.95 seconds is the best thus far.

Men's Skeleton Results (Through 2 of 4 Heats)
Place Name Total Time/Difference
1 Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) 1:51.99
2 Martins Dukurs (LAT) +0.56
3 John Daly (USA) +1.59
4 Matt Antoine (USA) +1.85
5 Sergei Chudinov (RUS) +2.03
6 Tomass Dukurs (LAT) +2.10
7 Frank Rommel (GER) +2.15
T8 John Fairbairn (CAN) +2.27
T8 Kristan Bromley (GBR) +2.27
T10 Dominic Parsons (GBR) +2.41
T10 Nikita Tregybov (RUS) +2.41

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Tretiakov, whose total time is 1 minute and 51.99 seconds through two heats, is looking to improve upon his bronze-medal-winning effort in Vancouver four years ago.

Meanwhile, the man best suited to challenge Tretiakov for the gold on Saturday, Latvia's Martins Dukurs is just .56 seconds off the pace. Dukurs took home silver in this event at the 2010 Winter Games but won't want to come up short again after missing out on gold in Vancouver by just .07 seconds.

While the gold-medal pursuit is likely to be a two-man battle between Tretiakov and Dukurs on Saturday, Team USA is in excellent position to bring home another medal.

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John Daly and Matt Antoine are third and fourth, respectively, through two heats. Daly's total time of 1:53.58 is a little more than a second-and-a-half off Tretiakov's gold-medal pace, while Antoine is just .26 seconds back of Daly for a spot on the podium.

After posting some impressive times in his first two heats on Friday, Daly appears locked in on the task at hand, per Zillgitt: "I'm on such an adrenaline rush right now, it's crazy to feel. On a newer track, you'll know whether you'll do well on that first run. I did that first run last year and it clicked for me. Now, it's just fine-tuning."

With Antoine right on his heels, Team USA is poised to land on the podium this weekend.  

 

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