He started his run in third place but looked to have blown his chance with two racers still to take the course, with Parsons himself admitting “I thought I’d binned it”.
However, Latvian rival and five-time world champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia lost time on the lower part of the course to ensure Parsons remained in the bronze medal position to hand Team GB their first medal in the skeleton for 70 years.
“It hasn't really sunk in yet. I thought I'd lost it after that fourth run, it felt like it'd had gone,” Parsons said. “But Martins Dukurs has made some more mistakes and he's the last person I'd expect that from.
“It's been great, all the work we've put in has paid off. It's incredible. Four years of work has gone into this, right from after Sochi I started working with Kristan Bromley [sled designer and former Olympian] and this has been the goal from that point.
“Sometimes it seemed like it wasn't that close in coming and it's just amazing that it's all come together this time.”
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