Ben Sandford of New Zealand starts his first run during the men's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

SOCHI SCENE: Self-critic

February 14, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Ben Sandford of New Zealand might be the front-runner for ''Worst quote about yourself at the Sochi Olympics,'' if such a contest existed.

Sandford is 20th after Friday's first two runs of the men's skeleton competition, more than two seconds - that really is a enormous gap in sliding - away from medal contention, and almost four seconds off the race lead.

So when asked by a reporter how he thought the day went, Sandford didn't make any excuse whatsoever.

''I'm usually pretty good at skeleton,'' he quipped, waiting for a half-dozen people around him to get the joke.

- By Tim Reynolds - Twitter http://twitter.com/ByTimReynolds

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