Jim Shea did it the hard way. He won gold Sunday in men's skeleton at the Winter Goodwill Games -- without a sponsor.
But when your grandfather is the oldest living American gold medalist from the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics and the whole town is rooting for you, Shea had what money couldn't buy and easily beat his teammate, Chris Soule.
"The support really made a difference for me," said Shea, whose 89-year-old grandfather, Jack, won two speedskating golds nearly seven decades ago and was there at snowy Mount Van Hoevenberg to soak in the moment.
The Americans found out after the race that two Internet companies -- Ultimate Bid and MilestonesNetwork.com -- had signed on as team sponsors.
The United States led the final medal count with 34 -- 11 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze -- as the first Winter Goodwill Games came to a close. Canada was second with 15 medals, eight of them gold, and Germany and Norway tied for third with nine medals.
The most exciting race of the day was staged in the 15-kilometer cross-country sprint relay. The American team of Justin Wadsworth of Bend, Ore., and Marcus Nash edged Brynjar Skjaerli and Ola Rygg of Norway for the gold.
The teletimer camera at the finish pegged the margin of victory at eight thousandths of a second -- about the tip of Nash's boot.
COLLEGE BASEBALL: Limestone won Sunday's rubber game of a three-game series with Augusta State (7-6), taking a 5-2 victory at the ASU complex. The two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday, with the Jaguars winning the opener 13-9 before losing the nightcap 8-1.
After trading a two lopsided wins on Saturday, USC Aiken and Cumberland (Tenn.) produced a pitchers' duel for the finale of their three-game series Sunday. Cumberland left town with a 2-1 victory.
Aiken's Chad Young went the distance, allowing just five hits, in taking the loss.
BOXING: Augusta Boxing Club members Chris Ardis and Fred Hall won their Junior Olympic weight classes Saturday night in the Muscogee Boxing Club competition in Columbus, Ga.
Ardis won by a decision over Wilbert Adams of Columbus in the 8-year, 60-pound division and Hall took a decision over Garrett Ridge in the 13-year, 106-pound class.
Tyler Walls, in the 11-12-year-old, 130-pound division and Ben Levertle, a 12-year-old, 106 pounder, both from the Augusta Boxing Club, lost decisions in their matches.
SOCCER: Mickey Trotman scored in the 11th minute of overtime to lift Trinidad and Tobago over Costa Rica 2-1 Sunday in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in San Diego.
Trinidad and Tobago (2-1) plays the winner of Sunday's late game between Canada and Mexico, the three-time defending champion. In the other semifinal, Peru plays Colombia.
The tournament, played biennially, is the championship of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean region.
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