USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Mar 17 U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Partners with Vilter Manufacturing

March 17, 2008, midnight (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) officially announced its three-year partnership with Vilter Manufacturing on Saturday, March 15 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“The USBSF is thrilled to have Vilter as our newest partner,” said Darrin Steele, CEO for the USBSF. “They have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic from the beginning. Our best sponsors are those that really involve their associates, get behind the athletes and become a part of their journey. Since Vilter makes the best compressor in the world, the single screw compressor, they understand what it takes to be the best. We look forward to this new relationship and we are excited to share our success through the Vancouver Games.”

The agreement between the USBSF and Vilter began at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, and will continue through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver until March 2011. Vilter officially announced their relationship with the USBSF at their annual Distributors Meeting on Saturday, March 15, which was held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Vilter Manufacturing produces a complete line of industrial refrigeration compressors, packaged systems and equipment that affords their customers dependable, energy efficient performance. With origins dating back more than 141 years, Vilter’s worldwide network of distributors is dedicated to providing quality products with high reliability, productivity and efficiency for their customers.

"The association that Vilter is proud to hold with the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton teams unites the manufacturer of the world's best ‘cold producing’ refrigeration compressors with athletes and coaches who endeavor to and achieve ‘world's best’ status in two of the most exciting winter sports imaginable,” Mark Stencel said, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Vilter Manufacturing. “As our athletes apply state-of-the-art technology, their skills and their passion towards the ultimate goal of "gold" at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, we are honored to support them and to mirror their spirit in our endeavors."

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton teams had their best season in the history of the sport in 2006-07, claiming 39 World Cup and six World Championship medals. The U.S. team claimed eight places in the top two World Cup standings, with four overall 2007 World Cup champions. The teams continued their success in the 2007-08 season after winning 23 World Cup and one World Championship medal, as well as claiming three positions in the top three overall standings and one overall World Cup title.

"The achievements attained by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton teams over the last few years, including the World Cup results of their 2006-2007 season, are great successes to build upon,” said Sam Gladis, Director of Marketing for Vilter Manufacturing. “Through their ability to overcome obstacles, and through their commitment to teamwork, they have demonstrated great character. We're excited to be associated with the U,S. Bobsled and Skeleton teams and to have the opportunity to support their fine athletes and coaches."

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, Vilter Manufacturing, 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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