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USA Bobsled and Skeleton

SKELETON: Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup Stops in St. Moritz, Switzerland Jan. 25-27

Jan. 22, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland- Bobsled and skeleton World Cup action will continue this week in St. Moritz, Switzerland Jan. 25-27. St. Moritz is not only the only natural ice track in the world, but it's also the oldest track in the world, built for the first time in 1903."There are always a lot of spectators and fans at the track in St. Moritz,"said Sepp Plozza, women's bobsled head coach."It's a very unique, high speed, gliding track, and it's the most famous track in the world."The schedule is as follows, with all times listed in EST: Friday, Jan. 25: Men's Skeleton at 2:45 am; Women's Skeleton at 7 am Saturday, Jan. 26: Mens Two-Man Bobsled at 3 am; Women's Bobsled at 7:30 am Sunday, Jan. 27: Men's Four-Man Bobsled at 4 am In men's skeleton, Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) will enter this week's race as the current World Cup leader. Bernotas stood beside teammate Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) on the podium at the 2007 World Championships in St. Moritz last season, having won silver and bronze, respectively. Joining the duo will be U.S. National Champion Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.) Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) claimed bronze on the natural track at the 2007 World Championships, and is eager to reclaim her 2007 World Cup title. Uhlaender is only 26 points away from the current leader, Canada's Michelle Kelly, in overall World Cup points. Joining Uhlaender will be Courtney Yamada (Boise, Idaho) and Annie O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), who will slide the difficult track for the first time this week. In men's bobsled, Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) will pilot USA I as he attempts to reclaim the overall World Cup lead. Holcomb recently suffered a groin injury, but hopes to recover before this weekend's races. Holcomb is currently second in combined points, ranked second in two-man standings and fourth in four-man. Mike Kohn (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) will pilot USA II this weekend, while the young John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will lead USA III. 2007 World Championship bronze medalist Shauna Rohbock (Orem, Utah) will look to climb the podium again after finishing with the silver medal last week in Cesana, Italy. Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) competed in her first World Championship competition as a driver last season, shocking the field by placing eighth. Jamia Jackson (Lake City, Fla.), who made her World Cup debut last week, will join the team again this week, piloting USA III. Don't miss the action LIVE and On-Demand on NBCOlympics.com, courtesy of MediaZone. Check out the races for only $4.99, and find out more about bobsled, skeleton and luge, the fastest sports on ice. 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. ###
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