February 18, 2006
Duff Man thrills firefighters
KATIE SCHNEIDER -- Calgary Sun

As the crowd cheered on Duff Gibson in Turin, a smaller group of supporters was watching intently from Fire Hall 13 in northeast Calgary.

Seven of Gibson's fellow-firefighters rooted him on, screaming at the TV yesterday as the guy they call "Duff Man" didn't let them down.

After the Calgarian sailed across the finish line with a two-run time of 1:55:08, the room erupted in loud screams and applause.

Senior nozzleman Kelly Wanvig, who has known Gibson for more than two years, had the most to say after the big win.

"He doesn't have to do clean up when he comes back," joked Wanvig, who expects Gibson will cry when he accepts his medal.

"I guarantee ... he'll be a puddle."

Meanwhile over at the skeleton team's training base at Canada Olympic Park, there was another celebration at the Ice House, complete with a little late-morning bubbly after Gibson's triumph.

For some of the younger skeleton athletes, seeing Gibson and Pain finish one-two was inspiring.

"For me that was fantastic. I see how hard these guys work both in the off-season and during the season and I know how tough it is," said development team slider Jovan Vujinovic.