Skeleton is a fast sport and at the Olympics one mistake can be the difference between a gold medal and a disappointing finish. Here are the favorites to win it all in Sochi:

Throughout all bobsled and skeleton disciplines, there is no athlete who has dominated more since Vancouver than Latvia’s Martins Dukurs. Whether it was the overall World Cup, the European Championships or individual races, Martins Dukurs has managed to win almost anything a Skeleton athlete can win. The only thing he is missing at this point in his career is an Olympic gold medal. In Vancouver he came in second behind local hero Jon Montgomery and Sochi 2014 might be his last chance to add the last missing piece to his career. It will be interesting to see how Dukurs deals with this pressure, but his recent results have shown that he is capable of racing fast on the Olympic track, winning the World Cup race in 2013 . . .

. . . and so begins Max Rottenecker’s piece — “Men’s Skeleton Medal Favorites” — on the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation official site. Max, a first-year Sport Media major, wrote the piece while interning with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation marketing and communications department.


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