Friday. Pyeongchang-gun. Vladislav GERASKEVICH. Photo: Reuters
The youngest of the participants in the Olympics for skeleton racers, their debut and first at all representative of our country at the Games in this sport, 19-year-old Vladislav Geraskevich presented in Pyeongchang pleasant surprise.
Pupil of his father-coach Michael Geraskevich, eighteen ahead of much more experienced opponents, finished up the four runs on quite decent for a young beginner the twelfth position.
It should be noted that the employed place for them – was the best among Ukrainian athletes for the first seven “working days” Games in 2018. And despite the fact that Vlad is now generally the only skeleton in the country, engaged in this sport only the fourth year (previously dabbled in Boxing) and therefore in the absence of the Championships of Ukraine does not even have any medals in the national coinage.
And it should be noted that in Ukraine there is no special modern gutters and he and his father, every season has had training in Latvia, Sigulda, leaving out to the international competitions. To do this, moreover, had to spend their own savings. And only recently, when Vlad has a chance to be our skeleton in the history of the Olympics, the state Treasury has finally become generous.
Because of this, Geraskevich managed to take part in the second Youth Olympic winter games 2016 in Lillehammer, where he finished in eighth place. A month later, at the Junior world championship was the 17th, a year later – 10-M. In February 2017 became the first Ukrainian athletes in the history of planetary adult forums in königssee (Germany), being the 24th. In the world Cup debuted in November of last year, when the American lake placid and Park city were respectively 27th and 13th in the overall standings of the 23rd. A month ago at the European Championships in Innsbruck, Austria was the 15th. And on 15 January, three days after Vladislav celebrated its 19th anniversary, it is a joyful message that he has qualified for the Games in 2018…
In two races the first day of competition Geraskevich finished 14th and 15th. then in a third descent in front of Vladislav the main task was to hold the position in twenty of the strongest, which guaranteed access to the final part of the competition. And it surpassed their previous performance 51,26 and of 51.37 seconds. breaking the distance with the 17th result of 51.21 seconds. And the sum of the three heats was the 14th.
If in the first three descents Geraskevich made during the passage of the track minor errors, the final overcame almost perfectly. This eloquent and personal bests during the first quarter (of 4.96 sec.) the arrival (of 50.84 seconds) and, of course, a sensational seventh place, vyvedshie Vladislav the sum of all four performances in total 12. Only 0.23 seconds. not enough for him to enter the top 10 and a half seconds – the six strongest.
– Yes, it’s a really good result, – said Vladislav Geraskevich in an interview to the press service of the NOC of Ukraine. – I am happy to be the first athlete, who represented Ukraine in skeleton at the Olympic games. Glad that the heavy season is over. Very nervous, going to each of the four attempts. But managed to concentrate and show your best score. We will continue to work. Ahead – the exams at the physics Department of Kyiv national University named after Taras Shevchenko, where they learn perfectly. The tests all passed before, and the examinations have taken in March. Learning is learning, no one does…
A winner of Games became the leader of the overall world Cup Korean Yoon sung Bin, who on their home track was out of the competition, winning all four races. It is quite significantly ahead of their total time silver medalist of Russian Nikita Tregubov and bronze medalist Brit Dominic Parsons.
As for the women’s competition skeletonised the second time in a row the Olympic champion was Elizabeth Yarnold from great Britain. The silver went to the German Jacqueline Selling and bronze – Briton Laura deese.
Vladimir KAZIMIROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine
16 Feb. Men. The 3rd and 4th races. 1. Young SN Bin (Korea) – 3.20,55 (50,28 + 50,07 + 50,18 + 50,02). 2. Tregubov (SAR) – 3.22,18 (50,59 + 50,50 + 50,53 + 50,56). 3. Parsons (UK) – 3.22,20 (50,85 + 50,41). 4. M. Dukurs – 3.22,31 (50,85 + 50,38 + 50,32 + 50,76). 5. T. Dukurs (both – Latvia) – 3.22,74 (50,88 + 50,58 + 50,65 + 50,63). 6. Kim JI Soo (Korea) – 3.22,98 (50,80 + 50,86 + 50,51 + 50,81). 7. UNGC – 3.23,60 (50,77 + 51,01 + 50,83 + 50,99). 8. Grater (both – Germany) – 3.24,05 (51,05 + 51,06 + 51,01 + 50,93)… 12. GERASKEVICH (Ukraine) – 3.24,47 (51,26 + 51,16 + 51,21 + 50,84).
On February 16-17. Women. 1. Yarnold* (UK) – 3.27,28 (51,66 + 52,30 + 51,86 + 51,46). 2. Selling (Germany) – 3.27,73 (51,74 + 52,12 + 52,04 + 51,83). 3. Diz (UK) – 3.27,90 (52,00 + 52,03 + 51,96 + 51,91). 4. Flock (Austria) – 3.27,92 (51,81 + 52,07 + 51,92 + 52,12). 5. Hermann – 3.27,98 (51,98 + 52,31 + 51,83 + 51,86). 6. Hernstedt (both from Germany) – 3.28,04 (51,99 + 52,17 + 51,88 + 52,00). 7. Pradolina (Latvia) – 3.28,49 (52,14 + 52,17 + 52,09 + 52,09). 8. BOS (Holland) – 3.28,59 (52,33 + 52,26 + 51,99 + 52,01).
* champion ZOE-2014.