SKELETON: U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Athletes Claim Six Medals in Park City America's Cup
PARK CITY, Utah-U.S. bobsled and skeleton athletes claimed six medals in the America's Cup competition held at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah this weekend. Each of the five disciplines-women's bobsled, men's two and four-man bobsled, women's and men's skeleton- competed in two races over the weekend, with each race consisting of two heats. The teams won two silver and four bronze medals against a competitive field of international athletes. Women's Bobsled In the first women's bobsled race held on Thursday, Jan. 10, driver Phoebe Burns (Lake Placid, N.Y.) teamed with Jamie Gruebel (Arlington, Mass.) for a bronze medal performance. Burns and Gruebel pushed the third fastest times in both heats of the competition, a 5.69 and 5.71, crossing the last timing eye with the third and fourth fastest finish times of the day, 51.43 and 51.83, respectively. Burns claimed her first-ever medal on Thursday with a combined time of 1:43.26. Two Canadian teams convincingly claimed the top two podium positions. Amanda Stepenko and Sabrina Noterangelo won by 0.60 seconds over the field with a combined time of 1:41.28 (50.47, 50.81), with their teammates Suzanne Muldoon and Katherine Louman-Gardiner in second after runs of 50.85 and 51.03 for a two-heat total time of 1:41.88. Mudoon and Louman-Gardiner pushed the fastest start time of the day, a 5.51. The second women's bobsled competition was held on Friday, Jan. 11. World Cup skeleton athlete Bree Schaaf Boyer (Bremerton, Wash.) decided to switch sports last spring, and has begun her climb in international standings while gripping a set of bobsled D-rings. Schaaf Boyer teamed with Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) in the second race for the first and third best pushes of the day, a 5.72 and 5.70, respectively. Schaaf Boyer refused to allow the Canadians domination of the top two positions on the podium, claiming silver after runs of 52.39, fastest run of the first heat, and 52.37 for a combined time of 1:44.76. Stepenko and Notarangelo repeated their gold medal performance, winning again on Friday with a total time of 1:44.30 after sliding runs of 52.42 and 51.88. A third Canadian team piloted by Mellissa These claimed bronze after runs of 52.55 and 52.70 for a combined time of 1:45.25. Men's Bobsled In the first men's two-man bobsled competition held on Thursday, Jan. 10, Ivan Radcliff (Park City, Utah) and Jim Carriel (Park City, Utah) teamed together as USA I for the bronze medal against a competitive field of 16 sleds. The duo pushed the fifth fastest times in both heats, a 5.09 and 5.11. Radcliff proved his driving ability, piloting his sled into third position after runs of 49.57 and 49.77 for a combined time of 1:39.34. Jon McGee (Sahuarita, Ariz.) and Brian Spickler (Indiana, Pa.) were the second ranked U.S. team in the competition, finishing fifth after runs of 49.62 and 50.21 for a total time of 1:39.83. Trevor Irwin and Justin Wilkinson from Canada claimed gold on Thursday with a two-run total time of 1:38.82 (49.26, 49.56). Canadian teammates Alex Torbert and Keith Rundle finished second after sliding runs of 49.37 and 49.92 for a combined time of 1:39.29. The team also pushed the fastest start time of the day, a 5.01. In the second men's two-man bobsled race on Friday, Jan. 11, the Canadians dominated the competition, claiming all three podium positions. McGee and Spickler were the highest U.S. sled, finishing fourth with a combined time of 1:41.85 after runs of 50.67 and 51.18. Two U.S. teams were close behind, with Radcliff and Carriel in fifth with a total time of 1:42.32, and rookie driver Jay Noller (El Paso, Texas) and Casey Turner (Belmont, Mass.) in sixth after runs of 51.10 and 51.55 for a total of 1:42.65. Irwin from Canada again won gold, this time with brakeman Rob Gray. The team posted runs of 50.29 and 50.27 for a combined time of 1:40.56. Torbert and Rundle advanced to a silver medal performance on Friday with a total time of 1:40.87 (50.48, 50.39), with Canadian teammates Louis Poirier and Kent Brun in third after runs of 50.49 and 50.62 for a total of 1:41.11. The U.S. team of Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) and Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) pushed the fastest time of the competition, a 5.09. Tomasevicz is one of the top push athletes on the World Cup circuit, already having won a medal of every color in the two-man World Cup competitions in the first half of the 2007-08 season with defending World Cup Champion Steven Holcomb. Tomasevicz moved into the driver's seat while attending a driving school in Lake Placid, N.Y. last spring. The duo finished ninth on Friday with a two-run total of 1:42.90 (51.53, 51.37). Men's four-man bobsled competed on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan.13. Canadian Trevor Irwin, who swept the two-man races, again won double gold in the four-man races. Irwin teamed with Rob Gray, Justin Wilkinson and Robert Staniforth, who helped push team Canada to the fastest start times in the races- three pushes of 4.99 and one push a 5.00. Irwin was incredibly consistent, driving a first race time of 1:37.64 after runs of 48.33 and 48.32, and a second race total time of 1:37.22 after identical runs of 48.61 for double gold. In the first competition, team CAN II of Louis Porier, Kent Brun, Kelly Wells and Hugh Baker claimed silver with a combined time of 1:37.14 (48.44, 48.70). The lone U.S. sled to compete in the four-man competition was driven by McGee, who refused Canadian domination by winning bronze with a total time of 1:37.39. McGee's crew of Cory Butner (Xucaipa,Calif.), Brian Spickler (Indiana, Pa.) and Dominic Johnson (Sahuarita, Ariz.) pushed the third fastest start times, an identical 5.11 in both heats, for runs of 48.61 and 48.78. McGee improved his performance in the second four-man competition, claiming silver with a two-run total of 1:38.43 (49.12, 49.31). The second race would see the Korean bobsled team on the podium, taking bronze after runs of 49.66 and 49.57. Bae Kwang, Jinhee Lee, In Ho Cho and Jung Su Kim placed third with a combined time of 1:39.23. Women's Skeleton The first women's skeleton competition was held on Friday, Jan. 11. Cassie Revelli (Highland, Utah) was the highest U.S. performer, placing sixth after runs of 53.88 and 53.99 for a combined time of 1:47.78. 2002 Olympic gold medalist Tristan Gale (Salt Lake City, Utah) jumped back into the action on her home track after a one year hiatus, placing 0.05 seconds behind Revelli in seventh after runs of 53.88 and 53.90 for a total time of 1:47.78. Louise Corcoran from New Zealand claimed gold after clocking runs of 53.42 and 53.08 for a total of 1:46.50. Eight-hundredths of a second behind was Donna Creighton from Great Britain with a combined time of 1:46.58 (53.20, 53.38), with British teammate Samantha Blackwell in third with a total of 1:47.31 (54.10, 53.21). Corcoran, Creighton and Blackwell are all competitors on the Intercontinental Cup. In the second competition held on Saturday, Jan. 12, Revelli claimed bronze in 1:44.69 after runs of 52.51, 52.18. Gale had two fifth place runs, 52.72 and 52.41, for a fifth place result with a total time of 1:45.13. Teniele Richards from Australia won the second day's competition in 1:43.81 (51.99, 51.82. Canada's Darla Deschamps claimed silver after sliding runs of 52.32 and 51.52 for a total time of 1:43.84. Men's Skeleton Intercontinental Cup gold medalist in Park City and 2006 Olympic silver medalist Jeff Pain competed in the first America's Cup competition on Friday, Jan. 11. Pain dominated the race with runs of 50.79 and 51.00 for a combined time of 1:41.79. Chris Type from Great Britain placed second with a total time of 1:42.54 (51.33, 51.21), with Japan's Yuki Sasahara in third after runs of 51.96 and 51.54 for a combined time of 1:43.50. The top U.S. slider in Friday's competition was Chris Burgess (Glen Gardner, N.J.), who slid into tenth place after runs of 52.65 and 52.49 for two-run total time of 1:45.14. Burgess had the fastest start time of the second heat, a 4.79. Burgess improved his performance during the second competition on Saturday, Jan. 12, finishing just two-tenths of a second from the podium in fourth place. Burgess slid a total time of 1:41.44 after runs of 50.74 and 50.70. Sasahara won Saturday's competition with a total time of 1:40.57 (50.49, 50.08), with Japanese teammate Yuzuru Hanyuda 0.57 seconds behind for the silver medal after sliding runs of 50.38 and 50.76 for a combined time of 1:41.14. U.S. athlete Matt Griff (Salt Lake City, Utah) missed the top six by 0.09 seconds, finishing seventh with a total time of 1:41.83 (50.99, 50.84). Rookie athlete Luke Schulz (Davenport, N.D.) showed his power off the block during U.S. National Team Trials, and showcased his speed in his first international competition by claiming the fastest start time of the competition, a 4.74. The America's Cup circuit will continue in Calgary, Alberta from Jan. 14-20, before concluding in Lake Placid, N.Y. March 31-April 6. For complete results, please visit the web site of the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganning (FIBT) at www.fibt.com. Results Women's Bobsled Race #1: 1. Amanda Stepenko and Sabrina Noterangelo (CAN I) 1:41.28 (50.47, 50.81); 2. Suzanne Muldoon and Katherine Louman-Gardiner (CAN II) 1:41.88 (50.85, 51.03); 3. Phoebe Burns and Jamie Gruebel (USA II) 1:43.26 (51.43, 51.83); 4. Melissa These (CAN III) 1:43.35 (51.64, 51.71); 5. Bree Boyer and Kelly Magnuson (USA I) 1:45.27 (52.71, 52.56); Women's Bobsled Race #2: 1. Amanda Stepenko and Sabrina Notarangelo (CAN I) 1:44.38 (52.42, 51.88); 2. Bree Boyer and Jazmine Fenlator (USA I) 1:44.76 (52.39, 52.37); 3. Melissa These and Erin Jensen (CAN III) 1: 45.25 (52.55, 52.70); 4. Suzanne Muldoon and Katherine Louman-Gardiner (CAN II) 1:45.37 (53.07, 52.30); 5. Phoebe Burns and Jamie Gruebel (USA II) 1:45.40 (53.05, 52.35); Men's Two-Man Bobsled Race #1: 1. Trevor Irwin and Justin Wilkinson (CAN I) 1:38.82 (49.26, 49.56); 2. Alex Torbert and Keith Rundle (CAN III) 1:39.29 (49.37, 49.92); 3. Ivan Radcliff and Jim Carriel (USA I) 1:39.34 (49.57, 49.77);_5, Jon McGee and Brian Spickler (USA III) 1:39.83 (49.62, 50.21);_8. Curt Tomasevicz and Justin Olsen (USA II) 1:40.90 (50.47, 50.43); 9. Jay Noller and Dominic Johnson (USA IV) 1:41.29 (50.57, 50.72);_15. Gary Kuhl and Thomas Napierski (USA VI) 1:48.10 (54.22, 53.88); 16. Aaron Laningham and Mathew Profitt (USA V) 1:48.94 (54.34, 54.60); Men's Two-Man Bobsled Race #2:. 1. Trevor Irwin and Rob Gray (CAN I) 1:40.56 (50.29, 50.27); 2. Alex Torbert and Keith Rundle (CAN III) 1:40.67 (50.48, 50.39); 3. Louis Poirier and Kent Brun (CAN II) 1:41.11 (50.49, 50.62); 4. Jon McGee and Cory Butner (USA III) 1:41.85 (50.67, 51.18); 5. Ivan Radcliff and Jim Carriel (USA I) 1:42.32 (51.15, 51.17); 6. Jay Noller and Casey Turner (USA IV) 1:42.65 (51.10, 51.55);_9. Curt Tomasevicz and Justin Olsen (USA II) 1:42.90 (51.53, 51.37);_15. Gary Kuhl and Thomas Napierski (USA VI) 1:49.04 (54.43, 54.61); 16. Aaron Laningham and Mathew Profitt (USA V) 1:51.81 (55.76, 56.05); Women's Skeleton Race #1: 1. Louise Corcoran (NZL) 1:46.50 (53.42, 53.08); 2. Donna Creighton (GBR) 1:46.58 (53.20, 53.38); 3. Samantha Blackwell (GBR) 1:47.31 (54.10, 53.21);_6. Cassie Revelli (USA) 1:47.73 (53.80, 53.93); 7. Tristan Gale (USA) 1:47.78 (53.88, 53.90);_10. Audrey Thompson (USA) 1:49.04 (54.55, 54.49);_14. Kimber Gabryszak (USA) 1:49.61 (54.60, 55.01);_16. Kelly Magnuson (USA) 1:49.90 (54.90, 55.00); Women's Skeleton Race #2: 1. Teniele Richards (AUS) 1:43.81 (51.99, 51.82); 2. Darla Deschamps (CAN) 1:43.84 (52.32, 51.52); 3. Cassie Revelli (USA) 1:44.69 (52.51, 52.18);_5. Tristan Gale (USA) 1:45.13 (52.72, 52.41); 6. Audrey Thompson (USA) 1:45.43 (52.41, 53.02);_8. Kimber Gabryszak (USA) 1:45.69 (52.77, 52.92);_12. Kelly Magnuson (USA) 1:46.95 (53.50, 53.45); Men's Skeleton Race #1: 1. Jeff Pain (CAN) 1:41.79 (50.79, 51.00); 2. Chris Type (GBR) 1:42.54 (51.33, 51.21); 3. Yuki Sasahara (JPN) 1:43.50 (51.96, 51.54);_10. Chris Burgess (USA) 1:45.14 (52.65, 52.49); 12. Nick Vienneau (USA) 1:45.50 (53.18, 52.32);_14. Chris Nurre (USA) 1:45.97 (53.33, 52.64); 15. Matt Griff (USA) 1:46.46 (53.83, 53.63);_22. Luke Schulz (USA) (54.66, DNS); Men's Skeleton Race #2: 1. Yuki Sasahara (JPN) 1:40.57 (50.49, 50.08); 2. Yuzuru Hanyuda (JPN) 1:41.14 (50.38, 50.76); 3. Paul Fraser (CAN) 1:41.24 (50.75, 50.49); 4. Chris Burgess (USA) 1:41.44 (50.74, 50.70);_7. Matt Griff (USA) 1:41.83 (50.99, 50.84);_9. Nick Vienneau (USA) 1:42.51 (51.52, 50.99);_11. Chris Nurre (USA) 1:43.01 (51.65, 51.36); 12. Luke Schulz (USA) 1:43.08 (51.89, 51.19); Men's Four-Man Bobsled Race #1: 1. Irwin, Gray, Wilkinson and Staniforth (CAN I) 1:36.65 (48.33, 48.32); 2. Poirier, Brun, Wells and Baker (CAN II) 1:37.14 (48.44, 48.70); 3. McGee, Butner, Spickler and Johnson (USA I) 1:38.48 (49.00, 49.48); Men's Four-Man Bobsled Race #2: 1. Irwin, Gray, Wilkinson and Staniforth (CAN I) 1:37.22 (48.61, 48.61); 2. McGee, Butner, Spickler and Johnson (USA I) 1:38.43 (49.12, 49.31); 3. Kang, Lee, Cho and Kim (KOR) 1:39.23 (49.66, 49.57); 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.