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Tristan GALE

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A newcomer for gold

Women's skeleton was introduced to the Olympic programme in 2002. It seemed normal that the first champion should be a relative newcomer to the sport.

Tristan Gale, a resident of Salt Lake City, learned about skeleton at a bobsleigh tryout. The 2001-2002 season was her first year on the World Cup circuit. Before the Games, Gale had never placed higher than eighth in a World Cup event. However, competing at home at the Salt Lake City Winter Games, she recorded the fastest time of the first run and then extended her lead in the second run to beat teammate Lea Ann Parsley by one tenth of a second.

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SKELETON OLYMPIA SALT LAKE 2002 FRAUEN

PARK CITY, UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 20: OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE SALT LAKE CITY 2002, Park City; FRAUEN; Tristan GALE/USA - GOLD -, Lea Ann PARSLEY/USA - SILBER - (Photo by Danny Gohlke/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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20 Feb 2002: Tristan Gale of the USA kisses her medal in the women's skeleton at the medal awards ceremony at the Olympic Medals Plaza during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images
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20 Feb 2002: Tristan Gale of the USA in action on her way to winning gold in the women's skeleton during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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Salt Lake City 2002-Skeleton-GALE Tristan (USA) 1st
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18 Feb 2002: Tristan Gale of the USA practices in the women's skeleton during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
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Salt Lake City 2002-Skeleton W-GALE Tristan 1st
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