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A CHAMPION HOSER

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WHISTLER, B.C. -- Jon Montgomery has

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

condition.

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

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 21, 2010 A3

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