2010 Winter Olympics: Skeleton Medal Favorites
To win an Olympic medal at skeleton, you need to be fearless. The medal favorites in the sport are typically USA, Canada, German and Switzerland. The USA has won more Olympic medals than any other country, but other countries are beginning to move into contention, such as Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.
The United States has a couple of strong medal hopefuls on the women’s skeleton team. Katie Uhlaender has won the World Championship twice and Noelle Pikus-Pace was the 2007 world champion. Katie has been working her way back from an injury. They are both having decent seasons, but they are beatable.
On the men’s side, Team USA has three strong competitors in Zach Lund, Matt Antoine and Eric Bonitas, but the men have been in a slump recently. However, just in January Eric Bonitas took the first World Cup gold the U.S. men have seen in the last two years. Hopefully, the men will peak at the right time to be in the medals in Vancouver.
Canada’s strongest woman in skeleton is Mellissa Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth won a bronze in Torino and she has consistently performed well in competition. She has already won two World Cup events this season. Canada’s men are also medal favorites. Jeff Pain, a silver medalist in Torino, is back again looking for gold, but he’ll have a fight on his hands. Teammate Jon Montgomery is a real contender — having already won a race this season. He also won the World Cup event on the Whistler track last year.
The Germans are the skeleton team to beat this season. They have already won five out of seven races. Anja Huber won the World Championships last year and Marion Trott won the title last year. The German men have also been dominating the podiums this World Cup season, which makes them favorites at Vancouver. Frank Rommel and Michi Halilovic have both won World Cup races. Altogether, the German men and women have won 16 World Cup medals — this year!