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Jon Montgomery, skeleton racer

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Skeleton racers slide down the icy track head first. Some might find this daunting, but not Canadian skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery, who thinks it "makes more sense than going down feet first." To explain why, Montgomery offers a humorous analogy in this 2009 CBC Radio interview. He also discusses the great expectations for Canadian athletes at the 2010 Olympic Games, pondering this question: are these high expectations putting too much pressure on the athletes, or just enough to inspire them to win?
• Jon Montgomery was born May 6, 1979 in Russell, Man.
• He got his start in skeleton racing in 2002 at the age of 23. It didn't take him long become a top-ranked skeleton racer - by 2006 Montgomery was competing in his first World Cup event, at which he won a bronze medal.

• In addition to sliding fast, Montgomery also likes to talk fast - he's a professional auctioneer. In a 2009 article, the Globe and Mail wrote: "Jon Montgomery can slide 130 kilometres an hour and talk a mile a minute. It's his way and it's what makes him so distinctive. He's not just a 30-year-old aspiring Olympian. He's a full-in, all-out skeleton racer, a guy with a thing for the offbeat and - this should come as no surprise - a professional auctioneer who can speak fast enough to make your ears roll over, sit up and beg."

• At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Montgomery won the gold medal for skeleton. In addition to his win, his lively personality made him a well-known athlete at the Games. A Toronto Star article described him as "the toast of the town" at Whistler: "No one exemplifies the festive atmosphere of this mountain-backed resort town better than beer-swilling party animal Jon Montgomery."

Medium: Radio
Program: The Early Edition (Vancouver)
Broadcast Date: Feb. 12, 2009
Guest: Jon Montgomery
Reporter: Rick Cluff
Duration: 4:10
Photo: Massimo Pinca/Associated Press

Last updated: February 18, 2014

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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