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No gold for Neilson

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Kelowna-raised Eric Neilson jumps on his sled at the Sanki Sliding Center during the men's skeleton final Saturday at the Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. He finished 13th.
SOCHI, Russia - A Canadian skeleton racer who grew up in Kelowna won't be bringing back a medal from the Winter Olympics.
Eric Neilson, who attended Rutland Middle School, ended up in 13th place in the final of the men's skeleton competition on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Neilson finished with a four-run time of three minutes 48.77 seconds, 4.48 seconds behind gold medallist Alexander Tretiakov of Russia.
Teammate John Fairbairn of Calgary finished seventh.
The six-foot-one, 192-pound Neilson was 12th following the first two runs Friday.
Neilson's Olympic dream is over, but two more Canadian athletes with Okanagan roots try to make theirs come true starting today.
Summerland's Justin Kripps competes in the two-man bobsleigh event at the Sanki Sliding Center. The first two heats are scheduled for 8:15 and 9:50 a.m. PT.
Then at 11 p.m. PT, Vernon's Kevin Hill takes to the slopes as seeding begins for the men's snowboard cross competition.
Both their events continue Monday.

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