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Jon Montgomery plans to retire with Olympic hopes nearly out

Jon Montgomery

on day 8 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at the Whistler Sliding Centre on February 19, 2010 in Whistler, Canada.

Shaun Botterill

2010 Olympic skeleton champion Jon Montgomery plans to retire after this season now that he’s unlikely to make the Canadian Olympic Team, according to CBC.

Canada named a two-man Olympic skeleton team Wednesday. It did not include Montgomery, unsurprisingly, as he did not qualify for Canada’s World Cup team this season.

There is still a chance Canada could qualify a third Olympic men’s skeleton quota spot in January, if its third ranked slider overtakes the third ranked slider for Russia, the U.S. or Germany.

However, Montgomery is the fourth-ranked Canadian men’s skeleton slider, so he might not be given that spot if it becomes available.

Montgomery, 34, came from behind to stun Latvian Martins Dukurs for the 2010 Olympic title. The scruffy car salesman/auctioneer then drank from a beer pitcher on a victory march through the Whistler ski village in one of the iconic moments of the Vancouver Games.

His post-Vancouver results have been less than stellar. He didn’t finish better than sixth in nine World Cup races last season, and he didn’t make the Canadian team for this World Cup season, severely denting his chances to make the Sochi Olympic Team.

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