USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup Action Continues in Altenberg, Germany

Dec. 03, 2008, 11:58 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

(518) 523-1842, ext 106, abird@usbsf.com

For Immediate Release

December 9, 2008

Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup Stops in Igls, Austria

IGLS, Austria-The bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour will make its third stop in Igls, Austria this weekend.  The U.S. will enter six skeleton athletes and four bobsleds into the competitions. 

Don't miss the excitement by visiting www.UniversalSports.com for on-demand video.  Click on the Luge & Bobsled Channel under "Select A Sport."

Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) will continue her quest to defend her World Cup title, entering this weekend's women's skeleton competition on Friday, Dec. 12th ranked third in standings.  Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) is currently ranked seventh, and is joined this weekend by family members, including daughter Lacee.  Courtney Yamada (Boise, Idaho), ranked 12th, will look to utilize her start times on the 1964 Olympic track. 

Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) enter the men's skeleton competition ninth and 12th in standings, respectively.  Kyle Tress (Trenton, N.J.) will join the U.S. squad this weekend for his World Cup debut.  The men's competition will also take place the morning of Friday, Dec. 12th. 

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) will pilot the two U.S. sleds in the men's bobsled competitions.  Holcomb is ranked fourth overall, fifth in two-man and third in four-man, while Hays enters the weekend ranked 12th, sixth in two-man and 17th in four-man.  The two-man competition will be on Saturday, Dec. 13th, and four-man sleds will race for the gold on Sunday, Dec. 14th. 

The women's bobsled race will occur the morning of Saturday, Dec. 13th.  Shauna Rohbock (Park City, Utah) is currently ranked fourth overall, and will look for her chance to move into the top three standings this weekend.  Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.), ranked sixth, will pilot the second U.S. sled, and is expected to push some of the top start times amongst a competitive field of athletes. 

World Cup action from Igls will be televised on the Universal Sports network.  Women's bobsled, women's skeleton and men's two-man bobsled will air on Tuesday, Dec. 16th from 7-10 pm, while men's skeleton will be televised on Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 8 pm.  Four-man bobsled will show on Thursday, Dec. 18th at 6 pm.  All times are listed in EST.  Coverage can also be viewed as same-day delay video by visiting UniversalSports.com. 

For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or abird@usbsf.com

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, KBC Helmets, Luminox Watch Company and ULU Boots. The USBSF would also like to thank the following sponsors and suppliers for their partner, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project:  Whelen Engineering, PPG, Columbia Sportswear, JEGS Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools and Racing Electronics.  For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org/.

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