Greenwood hopeful of skeleton final spot

A hugely encouraging final practice run has skeleton racer Seán Greenwood in confident mood ahead of his Olympic debut tomorrow.

Greenwood, whose mother Sibéal hails from Newcastle in Galway city, posted a time of 58.08 during his second practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre yesterday, the 18th fastest of the 30 sliders.

The 26-year-old will require a similar placing over the next two days of competition if he is to garner a place in Sunday’s final.

The 30 sliders will enjoy two runs over the 1,184m course tomorrow; the heats drawing to a close following Saturday’s third slide. The top 20 skeleton racers, determined by their average time across the three runs, will progress to Sunday’s decider.

Greenwood travelled to Sochi ranked 27th in the FIBT rankings, but Ireland’s chef de mission, Stephen Martin, said the Vancouver native is optimistic of squeezing into the final.

“Seán had his final practice session yesterday and it went really well. He was trying out various combinations, but seemed satisfied overall. He’s had two runs every day now for the past three days so he is pretty familiar with the ice,” noted Martin.

“This is Seán’s first Olympics so obviously there is an element of nerves. He is a hugely talented skeleton racer and the fact that he is so familiar with the course and its 17 curves having been here as well last October is a help. Seán has been working with Canadian Olympic silver medallist, Jeff Pain, prior to Sochi and Jeff is here with him. The course has seven cameras built into it and they have been studying his runs quite meticulously.”


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