Andrew Blaser, the only athlete competing for Team USA in the men's singles, did not advance to the skeleton final on Friday. He was the only male skeleton athlete representing America in the 2022 Beijing Games.
The 32-year-old from Idaho, who is one of the few openly gay athletes at the Beijing Games and rode with a rainbow saddle on his sled, finished his third run with a time 5.49 seconds behind the leader, leaving him in 21st place and one spot out of the finals qualification.
Favorite Christopher Grotheer of Germany, who won that key third run, took home the gold with a 1:00:52 on his fourth run, beating out German colleague Axel Jungk by 66 seconds. China's Wengang took home the bronze.
USA's Andrew Blaser slides into 21st place after two heats
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