SKELETON: Two Olympians and a World Champion Join U.S. Roster for Bobsled and Skeleton America's Cup Finale
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.-The 2007-08 competitive season will officially conclude this weekend with the America's Cup finale in Lake Placid, N.Y. Welcoming back two Olympians and a World Champion to their roster, the U.S. will battle a competitive field of 60 skeleton sleds and 40 bobsleds. Only three months after giving birth to her first child, 2007 World Champion Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) will return to the ice this weekend. Pikus-Pace was the first American woman to win the overall World Cup and World Championship title, and was favored to win a medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games before she was struck by a bobsled in a freak accident that broke her leg. The competitor returned the following year to claim the World Championship title, and is now back on track as an Olympic medal contender with a new fan in tow, three-month-old daughter Lacee Lynne Pace. Joining Pikus-Pace this weekend will be Annie O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), Rebecca Sorensen (Fort Collins, Colo.) who once held the track record in Lake Placid, Cassie Revelli (Highland, Utah), Audrey Thompson (Phoenix, Ariz.), and Kimber Gabryszak (Park City, Utah). In men's skeleton, 2006 Olympian Kevin Ellis (Dallas, Texas) will return to competition for the first time this weekend since suffering a severe back injury only days after competing in the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy two years ago. Intercontinental Cup Champion Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) will join Ellis on the ice this weekend, along with Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.), John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.), Kyle Tress (Trenton, N.J.), Chris Burgess (Glen Gardner, N.J.), and Chris Nurre (Seven Hills, Ohio). The skeleton competition will include 26 women and 34 men for a field of 60 athletes from over 20 nations. Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) is coming out of retirement and will compete this weekend as he considers taking another shot at Olympic gold. Hays earned an Olympic four-man silver medal that ended a 46-year medal drought for the U.S. men's bobsledding team in 2002 Hays will be joined by a full U.S. roster of drivers that includes 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and America's Cup athletes Ivan Radcliff (Park City, Utah) and Jon McGee (Sahuarita, Ariz.). Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) won a medal of every color in two-man World Cup races as a push athlete this season with Steven Holcomb, and will compete in the final competition of the season in the driver's seat. In women's bobsled, World Cup driver Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) will compete alongside previous World Cup skeleton athlete turned bobsled driver Bree Schaaf Boyer (Bremerton, Wash.), and local athlete Phoebe Burns (Lake Placid, N.Y.), who balances her time between training and Simply Gourmet, the Lake Placid sandwich bistro she owns. The U.S. roster for bobsled will claim 12 sleds, 9 men's and three women's teams, out of a field of 40 sleds. The schedule is as follows, with all times listed in EST: Thursday, April 3 - Two-man Bobsled and Women's Bobsled Race #1 at 1 pm Friday, April 4 - Men's and Women's Skeleton Race #1 at 9 am - Two-man Bobsled and Women's Bobsled Race #2 at 1 pm - Four-man Bobsled Race #1 at 6 pm Saturday, April 5 - Men's and Women's Skeleton Race #2 at 8 am - Four-man Bobsled Race #2 at 6 pm Media that would like to attend the event should contact Amanda Bird, Marketing , Communications Manager for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, at email@example.com or (518) 523-1842. About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Vilter Manufacturing, Columbia Sportswear Company, Speedo, CW-X, KBC Helmets, ULU Boots, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Lumber Liquidators and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.