instantly established himself as the all-Canadian
Olympic champion hoser.
The native of Russell is celebrating a
gold-medal win in the men's skeleton and a
sudden larger-than-life national profile.
The ebullient, fast-talking auctioneer and
car salesman edged out Martins Dukurs of
Latvia and Alexander Tretyakov of Russia,
who took the bronze.
After being seen by millions of Canadians
on TV chugging a celebratory pitcher of beer
following Friday night's victory at the Vancouver
Games, Montgomery rather ruefully
admitted Saturday it was not exactly his first
pint in months.
And he said CTV's shirtless promotional
picture is embarrassing. It was shot months
ago when he wasn't exactly in peak physical
After celebrating until 5 a.m., Montgomery
took a congratulatory phone call from Prime
Minister Stephen Harper, did yet another
round of media interviews and prepared for
Saturday's medals ceremony -- the first for
a Canadian medallist in Whistler. Canada's
previous seven medals were all won at events
in Vancouver and West Vancouver.
-- The Canadian Press