February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Gold Medal
Sun Media

Jeff Pain's consistency has made him the most successful athlete in the history of the Canadian skeleton program.

Pain, who began competing on the international circuit in 1995-96, heads into his second Olympics as the reigning world champion.

He also is the World Cup points champion after winning three gold and a bronze in a shortened season. It's a great record to have heading to the Olympics where every ounce of confidence will help.

Pain's previous World Cup victory was in a record time of 57.49 seconds on the Altenberg, Germany track at the end of January.

Last season, he topped every World Cup competitor, placing in the top five in every race and only missing the podium in two events. He added a world championship in 2005 to his extensive resume, which also includes the 2003 world title.

Pain, who is married and has two sons, may well have won the 2004 world championship and World Cup points title had a broken foot not kept him out for part of the 2003-04 season.

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Pain finished in the top five of the World Cup overall standings for four consecutive seasons from 1999-00 to 2002-03.

Anything but gold in Turin will be a disappointment for Pain.

Event Schedule

Fri., Feb. 17

Final

Previous Games

Finished sixth in Salt Lake City

-- the best Olympic finish for a Canadian in men's skeleton.

Olympics:

2002