Before women’s skeleton hands out its Sochi Olympics medals, the men’s side will get their competition underway with two runs this morning at the Sanki Sliding Center. You can watch those runs LIVE on NBCOlympics.com starting at 7:30 a.m. ET.
John Daly (pictured) is the most prominent of the three U.S. men and he’s had success already in Sochi, having finished fourth in a 2013 World Cup race there. But his teammate, Matt Antoine, enters the Games with lots of momentum after three World Cup podiums this season (including a win at Lake Placid).
Renaissance man Kyle Tress, who founded a iOS app development company with fellow racer Chris Nurre and has also written a young adult fantasy novel, completes the American trio.
They face stiff international competition at Sanki, including the odds-on favorite from Latvia, Martins Dukurs, who won silver four years ago at Vancouver.
Also in the medal mix are his own brother, Tomass, and Russia’s Aleksandr Tretiyakov, who won the bronze at Vancouver.