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Pressure on Olympic champion Jon Montgomery

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According to TSN, the pressure is on Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery of Russell, Manitoba if he hopes to make the Canadian men's skeleton team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

In order for Montgomery to make the Canadian Olympic team, he needs to win the final four races on skeleton's intercontinental circuit. There are two races each in Whistler, British Columbia and Park City, Utah in January.

In the first four intercontinental competitions to date in Altenberg, Germany and Igls, Austria, Montgomery has finished in sixth place twice, tenth and 13th. Obviously Montgomery, who was the best skeleton driver in the world four years ago when he captured gold in Vancouver, does not have the same speed as he once did.

The four skeleton athletes announced to the Canadian Olympic team on Wednesday include the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist, Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alberta, the 2013 World Championship bronze medalist Sarah Reid of Calgary, Eric Neilson of Kelowna, British Columbia, who qualified for the Olympic team after finishing in fifth place at a World Cup event in Calgary last month, and John Fairbairn of London, Ontario, who finished in sixth place at a World Cup event in Lake Placid in early December.

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