| Date of Birth:
August 11, 1966
Place of Birth: Toronto, ON
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 210 lbs
Despite being one of the oldest competitors on the World Cup skeleton circuit, 39-year-old Duff Gibson is one of the athletes to watch in Turin 2006. Just one year removed from his 2004 World Championship, Gibson is a threat every time he steps onto a skeleton course.
In 2005, his results took a small step backwards, but he still managed to snag a bronze at the World Championships. He also finished third-overall in the 2004-05 World Cup standings, predominantly due to his back-to-back wins on the Italian course in Turin, site of the 2006 Olympic competition, and at Sigulda, Latvia. His win in Italy is especially significant since skeleton is a sport where feeling comfortable and confident on the course is particularly important.
Originally lured into winter competition by bobsleigh in 1996, Gibson became a brakeman on the national team. However, two years later he was won over by the challenge of skeleton racing and has never looked back. With a 10th-place finish to his credit at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the Calgary firefighter is aiming for an even better showing this time out.
If Gibson, the elder statesman of the skeleton team, does manage to pull off an Olympic victory, he would become the oldest Canadian to ever strike gold in an individual sport at a winter Games.
February 18: Calgary duo Canada's one-two punch
February 18: Gibson's grace in victory honours memory of dad
February 18: Duff Man thrills firefighters
February 17: Gold and silver
February 16: Gibson orders a double
February 12: Burning support
2006 Skeleton Coverage