U.S. Skeleton World Cup Team Announced

Oct. 25, 2008, 11:38 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

(518) 523-1842, ext 106, abird@usbsf.com

For Immediate Release

October 25, 2008

U.S. Skeleton World Cup Team Announced

PARK CITY, Utah -The U.S. skeleton World Cup team was announced following the final team trials competition tonight in Park City, Utah.  Athletes battled it out for a position on the team in a series of four races held in Lake Placid, N.Y. and Park City, Utah.  Each athlete's top three results were calculated to determine the team. 

"We're leaving for Europe for the first World Cup competition with a solid team," said Orvie Garrett, U.S. skeleton head coach.  "We had four competitive team trials races, and several athletes set their personal best times.  Having World Championships on our home track in Lake Placid is a great opportunity for us."

The following athletes were named to the women's skeleton World Cup team: Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.), Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) and Courtney Yamada (Boise, Idaho).

The men's skeleton World Cup team will be as follows: Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah), Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) and Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y.).

For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or abird@usbsf.com

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, CW-X, KBC Helmets 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/.