Sean Greenwood, after losing control of his sled during his second run at the Sanki Sliding Centre, finished heat 2 in 27th position of the men’s skeleton
Greenwood was high out of turn 7 and corrected before partially flipping over at turn 9 at a speed of 119km per hour.
He somehow managed to regain control to finish out his run which showed great skill and determination.
Ireland Chef de Mission Stephen Martin said “Sean is fine overall, he has some bumps and bruises. We took him to hospital just to make sure there were no issues. The main thing is that he’s fine. He’s just disappointed at how it went.
He continued “It was incredible for him to manage to get back onto the skeleton at the speed he was going. For him to finish out the run shows what he’s made of.”
Greenwood had finished in 21st place after the opening run and went into the second in good spirits.
There were edges to be smoothed out after that first run – a couple of times he bumped the sides of the run with his shoulders on a track that all competitors agreed was running faster than it had in practice.
Earlier in the day Jan Rossiter finished in 82nd position in the men’s 15km cross-country ski race. In an event deemed by most experts to be the most gruelling in the Winter Games, Rossiter did in fact improve – by five places – upon his starting position.
His time – 48:46.6, left him some 10 minutes behind eventual Gold medallist Dario Cologna representing Switzerland.
Rossiter was not too despondent though as he later told the assembled media: : “I am really happy with that. I improved five places on where I started, so I have to be happy”.
A reminder of the rest of the programme for the Irish quintet in Sochi:
Women’s Giant Slalom: 18th February 11am-1pm and 2.30pm- 4.10pm
Slalom: 21st February 4.45pm -6pm and 8.15pm – 8.20pm
Men’s Giant Slalom: 19 February 11am-1pm and 2.30pm-4.10pm
Slalom: 22nd February 4.45pm – 8.15pm -9.50pm
Here is Jan Rossiter after finishing in the Cross Country event: