Jon Montgomery left off Olympic squad, for now

Canada's Olympic skeleton team, (L-R) Coach Duff Gibson, Eric Neilson, Sarah Reid, Melissa...

Canada's Olympic skeleton team, (L-R) Coach Duff Gibson, Eric Neilson, Sarah Reid, Melissa Hollingsworth and John Fairbairn, applaud after watching an inspirational video at Scotiabank Theatre Chinook in Calgary, Alta., on Wednesday December 18, 2013. Canada's Olympic skeleton team was announced in front of a throng of kids who were waiting anxiously to watch the movie Frozen. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

James Emery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:36 PM ET

CALGARY - If Jon Montgomery is going to defend his skeleton gold, he’ll be forced to climb a mountainous obstacle rather than sledding down one at hair-raising speeds.

The Russell, Man. native, who captured gold — and the hearts of Canadians — in the sport at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Games, was left off the roster of four skeleton racers named to the national team for the ’14 Sochi Games unveiled Wednesday at Calgary’s Chinook Centre.

Aside from ’06 Olympic bronze medallist and Eckville resident Mellisa Hollingsworth, who was named to the team, Canada’s skeleton crew consists of first-time Olympians Sarah Reid and John Fairbairn, both fo Calgary, and Kelowna’s Eric Neilson.

But no Montgomery.

At least not yet.

“Jon hasn’t done what he and we know he’s capable of this year,” said Duff Gibson, Canada’s skeleton coach. “Right now, athletically, he’s fantastic. He just hasn’t quite hit his stride in terms of the driving (the sled). I know it’s there.


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