The former world champion and two-time overall World Cup winner sat fifth as he headed into Friday’s medal runs, with the top 10 competing for a place on the podium.
And despite dropping down a spot to finish six, the 40-year-old can still be proud of his efforts as his preparation for the trip across the pond was marred with hamstring issues.
Latvian Martins Dukurs has claimed the World Cup title in each of the last three years and showed no signs of relinquishing his grip on the competition as he opened up this season with victory in Lake Placid.
The 28-year-old silver medallist from the 2010 Olympic Games held a slim lead after three heats and sat 0.01 seconds faster than Russian Alexander Tretiakov and brother Tomass.
But he was searching for his maiden victory at Lake Placid and did not disappoint, heading out last and doing what he had to for the win.
And there was more joy for Latvia as Tomass leapfrogged Tretiakov into second with his final run, the Russian having to settle for third.
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