CORTINA, Italy-The U.S. Bobsled Team will reunite after the holiday break in Cortina, Italy from January 11-13 to kick off the second half of the World Cup tour. Cortina was the site for the 1956 Olympic Winter Games, hosted nine FIBT World Championships, and is slated as the location for the 2011 World Championships."Cortina is one of the few tracks remaining without iced walls,"said Brian Shimer, U.S. bobsled head coach."You're not a real bobsledder until you've slid in Cortina. The drivers have to stay focused for every inch of this track."Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) won his first-ever gold medal last season at the World Cup competition in Cortina, where he swept the two and four-man races on his way to claiming the overall World Cup title. Holcomb is entering the second half of the season as the World Cup leader, ranked just eight points ahead of Germany's Andre Lange in the two-man, and 56 points ahead of Lange in four-man. Joining Holcomb will be his push crew of Steve Mesler (Calgary, Alberta), Pavle Jovanovic (Tom's River, N.J.), and Brock Kreitzburg (Akron, Ohio), who have proved to be one of the fastest start engines in the field. 2006 Olympic silver medalists Shauna Rohbock (Orem, Utah) and Valerie Fleming (Foster City, Calif.) will look to improve their fourth place finish in Cortina last season. The duo finished the 2006-07 season ranked second, and are currently tied for fourth overall, 44 points from third. The women will compete on Friday, Jan. 11th at 10:30 CET, which is 4:30 am EST. Two-man competition will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12th at 9 CET (3 am EST), while the four-man race will be on Sunday, Jan. 13th at 9 CET (3 am EST). Don't miss the exciting action from Cortina LIVE and On-Demand on NBCOlympics.com, presented by MediaZone. 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, ULU Boots, CW-X, KBC Helmets, Racing Electronics, Schenker Logistics, Speedo and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at www.usbsf.com.