SKELETON: U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Athletes Win Six Medals in Calgary, Canada America's Cup
CALGARY, Canada-U.S. bobsled and skeleton athletes won six medals last weekend in the second of three America's Cup stops of the season in Calgary, Canada. The U.S. bobsled team won three bronze medals, while the skeleton team won a silver and two bronze medals. Women's Bobsled In the first women's bobsled competition held on Thursday, Jan. 17, Phoebe Burns (Lake Placid, N.Y.) teamed with Jamie Gruebel (Arlington, Mass.) for a bronze medal finish. The duo slid a first run time of 1:00.05, third fastest of the heat. Due to unfair conditions in the second run from a snowstorm, the second heat was cancelled. Amanda Stepenko and Sabrina Notarangelo claimed gold on their home track with a time of 59.55. Canadians Suzanne Muldoon and Katherine Gardiner finished 0.18 seconds behind their teammates with a time of 59.73 for the silver medal. Bree Schaaf Boyer (Bremerton, Wash.), former World Cup skeleton athlete turned bobsled driver, teamed with Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) on Friday, Jan. 18 for the second women's bobsled competition, winning an additional bronze medal for the U.S. team. Schaaf Boyer and Fenlator pushed start times of 6.12 seconds and 6.19 seconds for runs of 59.28 and 59.57, both third best of the competition. The team slid a two-run total of 1:58.75 for the bronze. Stepenko and Notarangelo swept the two-race event, winning gold again on Friday. CAN I slid a total time of 1:57.06 after sliding the fastest runs of the race, a 58.47 and 58.59. Muldoon and Gardiner also repeated their previous day's performance, claiming silver with a combined time of 1:58.52 after runs of 58.94 and 59.58. Men's Bobsled Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) and Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) teamed together as USA I, claiming bronze in the first men's two-man bobsled competition held on Thursday, Jan. 17. The team slid runs of 58.88 and 58.63, fourth and third fastest of the competition, respectively, for a combined time of 1:57.51. 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 learned how to drive last spring in Lake Placid, N.Y., and will return as a member of Holcomb's push team next week after having gained two weeks of racing experience as a driver in the America's Cup. Canada's Trevor Irwin won the two-man event on Thursday with push athlete Robert Gray with a two-run total of 1:56.11 after dominating the competition with the two fastest runs of the day, a 58.16 and 57.95. Canadian teammates Louis Poirier and Kent Brun finished just ahead the American duo with a total time of 1:56.77 (58.56, 58.21) for the silver. Finishing fourth, only 0.34 seconds behind Tomasevicz, was Jon McGee (Sahuarita, Ariz.) and Cory Butner (Xucaipa,Calif.). Team USA III slid runs of 58.88 and 58.97 for a total time of 1:57.85. Ivan Radcliff (Park City, Utah) and Jim Carriel (Park City, Utah) teamed together as USA I, finishing fifth on Thursday after runs of 59.30 an 58.98 for a combined time of 1:58.28. The Canadians proved to be difficult to beat on their home track, sweeping the podium in the second men's two-man competition on Friday, Jan. 18. McGee and Butner were the closest American team to the podium, finishing fourth. The team slid runs of 57.76 and 57.74, both fourt best of the race, for a combined time of 1:55.50. Irwin and Gray again claimed gold in dominant style, sliding the two fastest runs of the day, a 56.89 and 56.76. The Canadians finished 0.59 seconds ahead of the field with a total time of 1:54.24. Poirier and Brun repeated their silver medal performance from Thursday, finishing second with a total time of 1:54.24 (57.01, 57.23). Poirier and Brun pushed a 5.39 in the first heat for the fastest start time of the competition. Alex Torbert and Keith Rundle completed the Canadian sweep of the podium, finishing third after runs of 57.02 and 57.52 for a combined time of 1:54.54. A powerhouse on their home track, the Canadians swept the podium again in both four-man competitions. McGee finished fifth in the first race on Saturday, Jan. 19 with his team of Cory Butner (Xucaipa, Calif.), Brian Spickler (Indiana, Pa.) and Jay Noller (El Paso, Texas). The lone U.S. sled competing in the four-man event, McGee slid runs of 57.66 and 57.52 for a combined time of 1:55.18. Irwin captured his third gold medal of the weekend on Saturday, winning the first four-man competition in Calgary with Justin Wilkinson, Robert Gray and Robert Staniforth. The team slid runs of 55.95 and 55.98, again both fastest of the race, for a combined time of 1:51.93. Irwin finished an impressive 1.92 seconds ahead of the field. Poirier slid to his third silver medal of the event with teammates Brun, Wells and Baker. The Canadian team had runs of 56.90 and 56.95 for a total of 1:53.85. Torbert took bronze with Adam Anderson, Keith Rundle and Jemaine Bucknor with a combined time of 1:54.31 (57.18, 57.13). McGee moved up one position in the four-man race on Sunday, finishing fourth with Butner, Spickler and Noller. The U.S. team slid a two-run total of 1:52.51 (56.14, 56.37), and pushed start times of 5.68 and 5.75. Irwin secured his fourth and final gold medal of the weekend, sweeping all four men's bobsled gold medals of the weekend. Irwin and team slid a two-run total of 1:50.25 after runs of 65.87 and 55.38, finishing 1.65 seconds ahead of the field. Torbert piloted CAN III into second with a combined time of 1:51.90 after runs of 55.75 and 56.15, with Canadian teammate Poirier in third with a total time of 1:52.02 (55.81, 56.21). Women's Skeleton Intercontinental Cup athlete Rebecca Sorensen (Fort Collins, Colo.) slid her highest finish of the season in the women's skeleton competition on Saturday, Jan. 19, finishing third. Sorensen pushed a 5.68 and 5.62, both the second fastest of the race, for runs of 1:00.46 and 1:00.73. Finishing with a combined time of 2:01.19, Sorensen claimed bronze. U.S. National Champion Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) finished fourth, just behind teammate Sorensen. Tomlinson finished with a total time of 2:01.94 (1:00.73, 1:01.21). Germans Katharina Heinz and Julia Eichhorn claimed gold and silver, respectively. Heinz slid the two fastest times of the day, a 1:00.22 and 1:00.41, for a combined time of 2:00/63. Eichhorn took silver with a total time of 2:00.97 (1:00.52, 1:00.45). On Sunday, Jan. 20, Tomlison improved her first day's results by claiming silver with a two-run total of 2:01.68. The American was only 0.04 seconds from the lead after sliding a first run time of 1:01.17, third best of the heat, and 1:00.51, fastest run of the competition. Tomlinson, 2008 U.S. National Champion, will meet up with the World Cup team next week, and may make her World Cup debut in Germany. Sorensen repeated her bronze medal performance, finishing third again with a total time of 2:01.96 after sliding runs of 1:00.98, fastest of the first heat, and and an identical 1:00.98 in the second heat. Sorensen pushed two of the fastest start times of the competition, a 5.78 and 5.69. Louise Corcoran from New Zealand won gold with a combined time of 2:01.64 after runs of 1:01.00 and 1:00.64. Cassie Revelli (Highland, Utah) slid into the top six on Sunday, finishing fifth after sliding runs of 1:02.61 and 1:01.61 for a total time of 2:04.22. Men's Skeleton Luke Schulz (Davenport, N.D.), who began sliding last February, competed in only his third international competition in the men's skeleton event on Saturday, Jan. 19. Schulz pushed the second fastest push time of the first heat, 5.18 seconds, and finished in 14th after a run of 1:00.10. Normally the field is cut to 20 athletes after the first heat, but due to snowy conditions, the men's field was cut to the top 10 on Saturday. Chris Burgess (Glen Gardner, N.J.) finished just behind Schulz in 15th, pushing the third fastest start of the heat, 5.25 seconds, for a time of 1:00.27. Jeff Pain, 2006 Olympic silver medalist, claimed gold on his home track. The Intercontinental Cup leader slid runs of 58.47 and 58.51 for a combined time of 1:57.08. Andy Wood from Great Britain finished second with a total time of 1:57.65 (58.69, 58.96). Germany's Michi Halilovic took bronze after runs of 58.57 and 59.18 for a two-run total of 1:57.75. In the second men's skeleton competition on Sunday, Jan. 20, Schulz was again the highest U.S. finisher, placing ninth. Schulz pushed a first run start time of 5.19 seconds, finishing with the fifth best time of 58.81. Again pushing a impressive start time of 5.16 seconds, Schulz encountered trouble in his second, finishing with a time of 1:00.04. The young American finished with a combined time of 1:58.85. Burgess finished 11th after consistent runs of 59.89 and 59.71 for a total time of 1:59.60. Canadian Jamie Landry claimed gold after sliding the two fastest runs of the competition, a 57.86 and 57.73, for a combined time of 1:55.59. Iain Roberts from New Zealand finished second with a total time of 1:56.76 (58.55, 58.21), 1.17 seconds behind Landry. John Fairbairn from Canada took bronze after runs of 58.72 and 58.46 for a total of 1:57.18. The America's Cup finale will take place in Lake Placid, N.Y. from March 31-April 6. Noelle Pikus-Pace, 2007 World Champion, plans to return to the ice at the America's Cup competition in Lake Placid after having given birth to her first child, a daughter, on Saturday, Jan. 19. 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 Notarangelo (CAN I) (59.55, DNS); 2. Suzanne Muldoon and Katherine Louman-Gardiner (CAN II) (59.73, DNS); 3. Phoebe Burns and Jamie Greubal (USA II) (1:00.05, DNS); 4. Mellissa These and Cindy Marshall (CAN III) (1:00.15, DNS); 5. Bree Schaaf Boyer and Jazmine Fenlator (USA I) (1:00.33, DNS); Women's Bobsled Race #2: 1. Amanda Stepenko and Sabrina Notarangelo (CAN I) 1:57.06 (58.47, 58.59); 2. Suzanne Muldoon and Katherine Louman-Gardiner (CAN II) 1:58.52 (58.94, 59.58); 3. Bree Schaaf Boyer and Jazmine Fenlator (USA I) 1:58.75 (59.18, 59.57); 4. Mellissa These and Cindy Marshall (CAN III) 1:58.76 (59.21, 59.55); 5. Phoebe Burns and Jamie Greubel (ISA II) 1:59.68 (59.55, 1:00.13); Men's Two-Man Bobsled Race #1: 1. Trevor Irwin and Robert Gray (CAN I) 1:56.11 (58.16, 57.95); 2. Louis Poirier and Kent Brun (CAN II) 1:57.51 (58.56, 58.21); 3. Curt Tomasevicz and Justin Olsen (USA II) 1:57.51 (58.88, 58.63); 4. Jon McGee and Cory Butner (USA III) 1:57.85 (58.88, 58.97); 5. Ivan Radcliff (USA I) 1:58.28 (59.30, 58.98);_10. Jay Noller and Casey Turner (USA IV) 1:59.90 (59.82, 1:00.08);_17. Gary Kuhl and Matthew Profitt (USA V) 2:07.66 (1:03.80, 1:03.86); Men's Two-Man Bobsled Race #2:. 1. Trevor Irwin and Robert Gray (CAN I) 1:53.65 (56.89, 56.76); 2. Louis Poirier and Kent Brun (CAN II) 1:54.24 (57.01, 57.23); 3. Alex Torbert and Keith Rundle (CAN III) 1:54.54 (57.02, 57.52); 4. Jon McGee and Cory Butner (USA III) 1:55.50 (57.76, 57.74);_9. Jay Noller and Casey Turner (USA IV) 1:57.65 (58.74, 58.91);_15. Gary Kuhl and Matthew Profitt (USA V) 2:05.59 (1:02.64, 1:02.95); Women's Skeleton Race #1: 1. Katharina Heinz (GER) 2:00.63 (1:00.22, 1:00.41); 2. Julia Eichhorn (GER) 2:00.97 (1:00.52, 1:00.45); 3. Rebecca Sorensen (USA) 2:01.19 (1:00.46, 1:00.73); 4. Keslie Tomlinson (USA) 2:01.94 (1:00.73, 1:01.21);_13. Cassie Revelli (USA) 2:04.90 (1:02.14, 1:02.76);_15. Kimber Gabryszak (USA) 2:05.40 (1:03.14, 1:02.26);_22. Tracey Anderson (USA) (1:05.22, DNS); Women's Skeleton Race #2: 1. Louise Corcoran (NZL) 2:01.64 (1:01.00, 1:00.64); 2. Keslie Tomlinson (USA) 2:01.68 (1:01.17, 1:00.51); 3. Rebecca Sorensen (USA) 2:01.96 (1:00.98, 1:00.98);_5. Cassie Revelli (USA) 2:04.22 (1:02.61, 1:01.61);_7. Kimber Gabryszak 2:04.90 (1:02.96, 1:01.94);_16. Tracey Anderson (USA) 2:08.07 (1:04.36, 1:03.71); Men's Skeleton Race #1: 1. Jeff Pain (CAN) 1:57.08 (58.47, 58.61); 2. Andy Wood (GBR) 1:57.65 (58.69, 58.96); 3. Michi Halilovic (GER) 1:57.75 (58.57, 59.18);_14. Luke Schulz (1:00.10, DNS); 15. Chris Burgess (USA) (1:00.27, DNS);_18. Chris Nurre (USA) (1:00.93, DNS);_21. Brad Stewart (USA) (1:01.64, DNS); Men's Skeleton Race #2: 1. Lamie Landry (CAN) 1:55.59 (57.86, 57.73); 2. Ian Roberts (NZL) 1:56.76 (58.55, 58.21); 3. John Fairbairn (CAN) 1:57.18 (58.72, 58.46);_9. Luke Schulz (USA) 1:58.85 (58.81, 1:00.04);_11. Chris Burgess (USA) 1:59.60 (59.89, 59.71);_14. Chris Nurre (USA) 2:00.70 (1:00.45, 1:00.25); 15. Brad Stewart (USA) 2:00.78 (1:00.34, 1:00.44);_17. Matt Griff (USA) 2:00.95 (1:00.63, 1:00.32); Men's Four-Man Bobsled Race #1: 1. Irwin, Wilkinson, Gray and Staniforth (CAN I ) 1:51.93 (55.95, 55.98); 2. Poirier, Brun, Wells and Baker (CAN II) 1:53.85 (56.90, 56.95); 3. Torbert, Anderson, Rundle and Bucknor (CAN III) 1:54.31 (57.18, 57.13);_5. McGee, Butner, Spickler and Noller (USA I) 1:55.18 (57.66, 57.52); Men's Four-Man Bobsled Race #2: 1. Irwon, Wilkinson, Gray and Staniforth (CAN I) 1:50.25 (54.87, 55.38); 2. Torbert, Anderson, Rundle and Bucknor (CAN III) 1:51.90 (55.75, 56.15); 3. Poirier, Brun, Wells and Bosch (CAN II) 1:52.02 (55.81, 56.21); 4. McGee, Butner, Spickler and Noller (USA I) 1:52.51 (56.14, 56.37); 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.