Montgomery has big dreams, mother to credit for Olympic success

John Montgomery of Canada races on his sled in the first run during the FIBT Men's Skeleton World...

John Montgomery of Canada races on his sled in the first run during the FIBT Men's Skeleton World Cup in Calgary December 2, 2010. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

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When he stood on the podium in 2010 and had the gold medal draped around his neck, Jon Montgomery’s thoughts turned to all the people who had helped him achieve his dream.

With less than four months to go before he gets another shot at gold, the skeleton champion is taking a moment to recognize the contributions of the woman who may just have contributed more than anyone else.

His mom.

“It’s not just my Olympic gold medal, it’s our Olympic gold medal,” Montgomery said Wednesday at Canada’s Olympic Park, where he was announced as one of ten Canadian athletes who will be sponsored by Procter & Gamble as they prepare for the 2014 Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Joan Montgomery, Jon’s mom, was in Vancouver to watch her son win gold almost four years ago and will be there in Russia as well.

There’s probably not anyone with a better idea of how much work it took to get the 34-year-old to the top of the podium, but she said keeping him out of sp


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