Sliding to Glory – first men’s skeleton medal since 1948

Sliding to Glory

Sliding to Glory – Dom Parsons takes skeleton bronze. A dramatic fashion to win Team GB’s first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

After a dramatic final run, Parsons finished 0.11 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Martins Dukurs with a combined time of three minutes 22.20 seconds.

Parsons, 30, looked to have lost out on a medal until world champion Dukurs made mistakes on his final run.

South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin won gold by a record 1.63secs and Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, silver.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Parsons told BBC Sport. “I thought I’d lost it after that fourth run. It felt like it’d had gone.

Britain have won a medal every time skeleton has featured at the Winter Olympics, but Parsons is Britain’s first men’s skeleton medal since John Crammond in 1948.

Parsons, who finished 10th in Sochi four years ago and has finished on the podium in the World Cup only once, was not among the main British medal contenders before the Games.

Dom Parsons is a self-confessed speed-geek and is nicknamed ‘the wizard’.

Like many other sliders, Parsons started out as a 400m runner and switched to skeleton in 2008.

video BBC Sport

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