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Skeleton star Jerry Rice finishes tenth in PyeongChang

 Published on: 22nd February 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chorleywood born Jerry Rice exceeded expectations after finishing tenth in the men’s skeleton in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

The 27-year-old, who was the youngest in the skeleton squad, completed his last run in a time of 50.99 during the final on February 16.

Teammate Dom Parsons clinched Team GB’s first medal of the games after finishing in bronze medal position in a time of 50.61.

Dom finished in tenth position at the Olympics four years ago and Jerry is confident that he can follow in his footsteps.

He said: “Dom finished tenth in Sochi four years ago and I see myself on that same trajectory, it definitely gives me an extra drive.”

Jerry exceeded his own expectations in PyeongChang.

He continued: “I wanted a top 12 and I’m over the moon to be top ten. It took me four runs to put down four solid runs but, in the end, consistency does always win out in a four-run race and I’m so happy.

“I struggled in training if I’m honest and I turned up on race day and I knew I had a little bit of work to do. I managed to click with the track at just the right time.”

Jerry’s parents, who live in Kings Langley, are extremely proud of him.

His dad, Nick, said: “We’re immensely proud. Many family and friends travelled out to support him. There were about 15 of us.

“He punched well above his weight in regard to tenth position. I was hoping for top 15 and he was aiming for top 12.

“We hope he can push on from there.”

Jerry only found out weeks before the Olympics that he was going to be part of Team GB.

Nick explained: “Two and a half weeks before the Olympics started he got the nod from selectors. His selection was touch and go until the last minute.”

The skeleton team had a hugely successful Olympic games winning three medals – one gold and two bronze.

Jerry is set to arrive back at Heathrow on February 27.

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