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Kelowna skeleton racer out of medals in Sochi

Kelowna's Eric Neilson jumps on to his sled at the Sanki Sliding Centre during the Men's Skeleton final at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
February 16, 2014 - 10:28 AM

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Canadian Eric Neilson was 13th on Saturday in the men's skeleton competition at the Sochi Games.

The 33-year-old Neilson, of Kelowna, finished with a four-run time of three minutes 48.77 seconds, 4.48 seconds behind gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov of Russia.

The six-foot-one, 192-pound Neilson was 12th following the first two runs Friday.

An assembly was held at Rutland Middle School before he left for Sochi as a show of support for the former student.

Neilson graduated from Rutland Middle in 1996 and from Rutland Secondary in 1999.

RMS teacher Melissa Harris with one of the hundreds of t-shirts her students designed to honour Eric Neilson.
RMS teacher Melissa Harris with one of the hundreds of t-shirts her students designed to honour Eric Neilson.

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