SKELETON: Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup Season Concludes in Winterberg, Germany
WINTERBERG, Germany- The 2007-2008 bobsled and skeleton World Cup season will conclude in Winterberg, Germany Feb. 8-10. Watch the World Cup finale LIVE and On-Demand on NBCOlympics.com and cheer on the U.S. team as they slide to the podium. The schedule is as follows, with all times listed in EST: Friday, Feb 8: Women's Skeleton at 3 am; Men's Skeleton at 7 am Saturday, Feb. 9: Men's Two-Man Bobsled at 4 am; Women's Bobsled at 8 am Sunday, Feb.10: Men's Four-Man Bobsled at 6:30 am In men's skeleton, defending World Cup Champion Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) will look to gain 43 points to reclaim the overall lead. Lund has won four medals this season, two of them gold. Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) is only 48 points from third, and will be one of Lund's biggest competitors for the overall title. Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.), 2008 U.S. National Champion, has posted two top-ten results this year and will seek the podium beside his teammates. Defending World Cup Champion Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) enters the World Cup finale in the women's skeleton lead after having won five medals this season, four of them gold. Uhlaender will be joined by Courtney Yamada (Boise, Idaho), who enters this weekend ranked 13th. Annie O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) will take a hiatus from the tour to vie for the Junior World Championship title in Igls, Austria, opening up the third spot for 2008 U.S. National Champion Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) to make her World Cup debut. Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), who won the Combined Men's Bobsled World Cup title last season, has won six medals this year, including three gold. Other U.S. athletes to watch for in men's bobsled will be 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), and 2007 U.S. National four-man Champion Grayson Fertig (New York City, N.Y.). In women's bobsled, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Shauna Rohbock (Orem, Utah) has had a top-six result in all seven World Cup competitions this season, including two medals. Joining Rohbock for the chase of the medals will be Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.), who will complete her first full season as a World Cup driver this weekend. 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, 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.