Winter Games Athletes
Already a pioneer in excellence among Russian sliders, the host country hopes Tretjyakov can take the final step and capture Russia’s first skeleton gold. Tretjyakov has competed in the sport since 2003, initially taking up bobsledding before opting for skeleton and its more lenient body-weight requirements. He finished 15th at his first Olympics in 2006, then showed quick improvement with a third-place finish at the 2006-07 World Cup and a bronze medal at the 2009 world championships. Tretjyakov continued to raise his game, becoming the first Russian to win a World Cup in 2008-09 and followed that by winning his country’s first Olympic medal - a bronze - in the sport at Vancouver. After finishing second at the 2011 world championships, he became the first from his country to win that event outright in 2013. Tretjyakov finished on the podium five times in his seven races on the 2013-14 World Cup circuit, including three second-place finishes and a first place at Park City. Representing the best threat to gold-medal favorite Martins Dukurs of Latvia, Tretjyakov aims to fulfill his post-Vancouver pledge to capture silver or better in Sochi.