Universal Sports Presents Coverage of FIBT World Cup, World Championship

Nov. 21, 2008, 1:06 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager
(518) 523-1842, ext 106, abird@usbsf.com

For Immediate Release
November 21, 2008


TV and Online Coverage of Bobsleigh and Skeleton Season Begins Nov. 28-30
Los Angeles, Calif., November 21, 2008 - Universal Sports, along with the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT), presents TV and online coverage of the 2008-09 Bobsleigh Skeleton World Cup and 2009 World Championship events. 

World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton coverage kicks off from Winterberg, Germany, November 28-30.  Winter sports fans can enjoy extensive coverage of bobsleigh and skeleton competitions across the U.S., Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

"Universal Sports is committed to delivering the best in Olympic sports, and we are proud to provide multiplatform coverage of the FIBT World Cup and World Championships," said Universal Sports CEO and Chairman Claude Ruibal.  "We are excited to provide passionate fans of the bobsleigh and skeleton communities the opportunity to follow the entire season on TV and online."

COVERAGE OF WORLD CUP OPENER FROM WINTERBERG:  World Cup coverage from Winterberg, Germany will be offered as same-day video on- demand starting on Friday, November 28-30 on UniversalSports.com.  Universal Sports TV will offer one-hour broadcasts on the following days (all times ET):

Women's Skeleton World Cup, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Men's Skeleton World Cup, Dec 2, 8 p.m. - 9 p .m.
Women's Bobsleigh World Cup, Dec 2, 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
2-man Bobsleigh World Cup, Dec 3, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
4-man Bob Sleigh World Cup, Dec 4, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

COVERAGE ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS AND UNIVERSPORTS.COM:  Universal Sports, available in 30 million homes, and UniversalSports.com, will offer coverage of the entire season of FIBT events: eight World Cups and the 2009 World Championships from Lake Placid, NY, on February 20 - March 1.  There will be extensive coverage of all five FIBT sliding sports (2-man bobsled, 4-man bobsled, women's bobsled, men's skeleton and women's skeleton) All five of these sports are Olympic disciplines.


Nov. 28 - 30: World Cup, Winterberg, Germany
Dec. 5 - 7:  World Cup, Altenburg, Germany
Dec. 12 - 14: World Cup, Igls, Austria
Dec. 19 - 21: World Cup, Cesana, Italy
Jan. 9 - 11:  World Cup, Koenigssee, Germany
Jan. 16 - 18: World Cup & European Championship, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Feb. 5 - 7: World Cup, Whistler, Canada
Feb. 12 - 14: World Cup, Park City, USA
Feb. 20 - Mar. 1: World Championship, Lake Placid, USA

Visit UniversalSports.com for up-to-date TV and online schedules and availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour TV network.

The USA is ranked one of the top nations in the world in all disciplines, led by bobsled pilots Steve Holcomb and Shauna Rohbock and skeleton athletes Katie Uhlaender, Noelle Pikus-Pace, Zach Lund and Eric Bernotas. 

For more information, please contact:

T.K. Gore
Universal Sports

Don Krone

About Universal Sports
Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related and lifestyle sports programming available on television and online. Universal Sports is a 24-hour television channel available in 30 million television households in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington DC, San Diego, San Francisco, Hartford, New Haven, Las Vegas, Reno, Omaha and Albany. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports ranges from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts.  UniversalSports.com delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit UniversalSports.com.

About the FIBT
The Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) was founded on November 23, 1923 and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the International Federation responsible for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton.  The FIBT headquarters is in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Bobsleigh has been a part of the Olympic Winter Games since the first Games in 1924.  The FIBT conducts competitions in five disciplines: 2-man bobsleigh, 4-man bobsleigh, women's bobsleigh, men's skeleton and women's skeleton.  In addition to the Olympic Winter Games and World Championships, the FIBT conducts World Cup, Intercontinental Cup, European Cup and America's Cup competitions.

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, Vilter Manufacturing, KBC Helmets, Luminox Watch Company and ULU Boots. The USBSF would also like to thank the following sponsors and suppliers for their partner, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project:  Whelen Engineering, PPG, Columbia Sportswear, JEGS Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools and Racing Electronics.  For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.