February 18, 2006
Boehm misses podium party
But skeleton racer happy for mates
ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

CESANA PARIOL, Italy -- If Paul Boehm was crushed after missing the Olympic skeleton podium by 26/100ths of a second, he didn't show it last night.

Instead, when teammate Duff Gibson's sled finished first and bumped Boehm to fourth, the 31-year-old Calgarian was one of the first to maul Gibson and silver medallist Jeff Pain as part of the victory celebration at the finish area.

"I was a little disappointed after my first run -- in my first turn, I hit the wall really hard," said Boehm, who sat eighth after the first run.

"But that disappointment all fell by the wayside to see how they did."

Entering the event ranked sixth in the world, Boehm had high expectations, especially after finishing second in one of the training runs.

"I'm not disappointed with the result," said Boehm, who build log homes for a Cochrane company.

"It was close and, in our sport, if you miss by a fraction of an inch here or there, it costs you."

Joining the skeleton team in 2002, the relative newcomer to the sport said yesterday his Olympic debut will also likely mark the final races of his career.

"I think my wife and I are going to try to start a family and that's too much for a competitive athlete to handle," said Boehm when asked if Vancouver 2010 was in his plans.

"My mind's not made up but I'd be leaning towards retirement.

"It's something I have to decide with my family."

Heading into the night to celebrate with his wife and teammates, Boehm said he has no regrets.

"I think this is a great way to go out," said Boehm, who finished behind Swiss star Gregor Staehli.

"I'm going to have a beer -- I haven't had one since August."