Eierdam claims two victories in Park City; Team USA reaches podium six times
After winning the silver medal in the first para skeleton World Cup race of the season earlier this month, American Eric Eierdam claimed two gold medals in Park City yesterday and today. Teammate Ryan Gautieri finished with the bronze medal in the second para skeleton race. Gary Kuhl finished in second place on Saturday, while Aaron Lanninghan and Jason Sturm each reached the podium today with the silver and bronze medals.
Uhlaender returns to international competition; claims two gold medals
Lake Placid, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2015)- Three-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) made her presence known during the first two women’s skeleton Intercontinental Cup races of the season, claiming a pair of victories in her first international competitions since the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Kyle Brown (Concord, N.H.) earned double bronze medals to pace the American team in the men’s skeleton events, and Team USA earned a collective six medals in the Intercontinental Cup opener.
Intercontinental Cup kicks off in Lake Placid this week
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Nov. 17, 2015)- Team USA has the advantage of kick starting the skeleton-only Intercontinental Cup tour on home ice in Lake Placid this week with double races on Nov. 19 and 20. The USA Bobsled & Skeleton Team has already collected 14 medals this season on the first North American Cup stop, in the Youth Olympic Games Qualification Series and the Para-skeleton and Para-bobsled World Cup opener. Four of those medals were gold, and the USA Skeleton team is eager to add to the victory tally this weekend.
Catching up with our #MCM Hakeem Abdul-Saboor
Rookie bobsled athlete Hakeem Abdul-Saboor has been crowned our #MCM for this week. A native of Powhatan, Va., Adul-Saboor was named to the bobsled national team last month. USABS sat down with him as he preps for the beginning of the World Cup tour.
Bascue earns gold medal in Calgary NAC four-person bobsled race
CALGARY, CANADA (NOV. 14, 2015)- Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) was the top American finisher in the first three four-person North American Cup races at the Canada Olympic Park. Bascue claimed the gold medal in the second race this morning alongside David Cremin (Annandale, Va.) and rookies Nathan Gilsleider (Claremore, Okla.) and Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.). The foursome slid to fourth and fifth place finishes in the first and third races.
Lake Placid skeleton national team selection photo gallery
Check out images from the men's and women's skeleton national team selection races in Lake Placid!
Team USA Youth Olympic Games Qualification Series photo gallery
Team USA kicked off the men's women’s skeleton qualification races for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Lillehammer, Norway Feb. 12-21. The Americans won six medals during the four total races on the Lake Placid track. Check out images from the medal ceremony.
Inaugural winter sports culinary throwdown
USA Bobsled & Skeleton was challenged to a winter sports culinary cook off by U.S. Figure Skating and U.S. Ski & Snowboard last evening at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Check out images from the event and stay tuned for the video highlights, which will be posted later today!
Want to take a ride in a bobsled?
Have you ever been curious what it’s like to race down an icy track at 85 mph? Perhaps you’ve seen bobsled races on television, or maybe you have attended a race in person. If you have, you were probably wondering how you get into a sport that doesn’t have high school or college teams. Maybe you thought it would be cool to give the sport a try?
The will to succeed
Growing up in Moline, Ill., the expectations couldn’t have been higher for Dan Steele. But the pressure didn’t come from his parents or from a coach. No, the competitive fire burned inside, because of Dan’s twin brother and current USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer, Darrin.
From Florida to Olympic glory: The story of Brian Shimer
Bobsled wasn’t on Brian Shimer’s radar as a young kid growing up in southern Florida. After all, it’s hard to get into a sport that features winter and lots of ice, two things that look very different in Florida. Sure, there is wintertime, when the temperature drops into the low 60s. And there is definitely ice in Florida. Ice is used to cool off beverages on a hot, sunny day. There is certainly no bobsled in the Sunshine state, but there is absolutely football, which gave Shimer his first passion in the sporting world.
A pioneer of women's bobsled
As Jean Prahm, formerly Jean Racine, and her brakeman, Gea Johnson, took to the ice for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, there was an unusual vibe in the Park City, Utah air. Bobsled, a sport with a deep and rich tradition, made its initial Olympic presence at the 1924 Chamonix Games. But this time the competition looked different with a new discipline: women’s bobsled.