Bobsled and Skeleton Whistler World Cup Feb. 5-7

Feb. 02, 2009, 2:55 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager
(518) 523-1842, ext 106,

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2008

 Bobsled and Skeleton Whistler World Cup Feb. 5-7

WHISTLER, Canada-The best bobsled and skeleton athletes in the world will vie for the World Cup gold medal on the 2010 Winter Olympic track in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada this week. Teams slid the 16-curves of the newly built course last week during international training, and will compete from February 5-7 at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

This week's event will be the only dress rehearsal for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and is the first international event on what may prove to be one of the fastest and most difficult tracks in the world.

The U.S. will field a full roster of three sleds in all five disciplines. In men's bobsled, World Cup veteran drivers Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) will be joined by John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.), who claimed the two-man bobsled U.S. National Championship title last month to earn his spot on tour.

Women's bobsled drivers Shauna Rohbock (Park City, Utah) and Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) are joined by a third pilot, Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.). Schaaf was named women's bobsled U.S. National Champion last month to earn her position on t he team, and will draw on her experience as a skeleton slider to guide her down the course.

The men's skeleton team will consist of Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah), Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) and Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.), while the women's skeleton field will enter Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.), Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) and Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) into this week's competition.

The schedule is as follows, with all times listed in EST:
Thursday, Feb. 5: Women's skeleton at 6 pm, Men's skeleton at 10 pm
Friday, Feb. 6: Women's bobsled at 4 pm, Men's two-man bobsled at 8 pm
Saturday, Feb. 7: Men's four-man bobsled at 7 pm

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

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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, ULU Boots and Ferris Mfg. Corp. 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, EXA, Lumber Liquidators, Lincoln Electronics and Racing Electronics. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at