2014 Sochi Games  

Kelowna's Neilson 12th after 2 runs

Kelowna skeleton racer Eric Neilson finds himself in 12th place after the opening two runs of the men's competition at the Sochi Olympics.

Neilson completed his first run in 57.41 seconds then shaved four-tenths off his time in the second run, finishing in 57.01 seconds.

His second run was eighth fastest of the 27 competitors taking part in the event.

Neilson's combined time of 1:54.42 is less than two-tenths of a second out of eighth.

He is more than 2.4 seconds behind leader Alexander Tretiakov of Russia.

Canada's other competitor, John Fairbairn sits in eighth place.

The final two runs of the men's skeleton are slated for Saturday morning at 6:45 and 8:16 a.m. Pacific time.

Meantime, two other Okanagan athletes also take centre stage this weekend.

The two man bobsleigh competition begins on Sunday.

Summerland's Justin Kripps, who won his first ever World Cup race last month leading up to the Olympics, will be competing.

The bobsleigh competition begins with the first two runs Sunday at 8:15 and 9:50 a.m. Pacific time.

Vernon's Kevin Hill takes to the slopes in men's snowboard cross.

Seeding begins at 1 p.m. Sunday evening with the finals Monday morning at 2:12 a.m. Pacific time.

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