Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager
(518) 523-1842, ext 106, email@example.com
For Immediate Release
January 7, 2009
Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup Action Resumes in Königssee, Germany;
Four-man Bobsled U.S. National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Lake Placid, N.Y.–The bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour will resume in Königssee, Germany from Jan. 9-11, while six bobsleds remain in Lake Placid, N.Y. to vie for the four-man U.S. National Championship title to qualify as the third sled entered into the 2009 World Championships.
Don’t miss the action as the U.S. team kicks off the second half of the 2008-09 World Cup season by visiting www.UniversalSports.com.
Women’s bobsled pilots Shauna Rohbock (Park City, Utah) and Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) enter the second half of the season ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in World Cup standings. Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.) will join Rohbock and Pac at the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid this February after winning the U.S. National Championship title.
Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) is currently ranked seventh in combined men’s bobsled standings, and will be the sole U.S. sled entered into the World Cup competition this weekend. Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) will stay in Lake Placid for additional training, and will meet up with the team in Vancouver. John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) claimed the two-man National Championship trophy over the weekend to qualify for the two-man event in World Championships, and will seek the four-man title this weekend.
The women’s skeleton team will once again field a competitive roster, which includes Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.), Noelle Pikus-Pace(Orem, Utah) and Courtney Yamada (Boise, Idaho). Two-time World Cup champion Uhlaender is currently third in standings, and is within reach of defending her title.
Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.) will be joined by Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien) on the second half of the men’s skeleton tour. Antoine is the second ranked U.S. sled in FIBT points, and won a bronze medal in Königssee’s team event last season.
The schedule for this week’s events is as follows, with all times listed in EST:
Königssee World Cup:
Friday, Jan. 9: Women’s skeleton at 2:30 am, Men’s skeleton at 6:30 am
Saturday, Jan. 10: Men’s two-man bobsled at 3 am, Women’s bobsled at 7 am
Sunday, Jan. 11: Men’s four-man bobsled at 3:30 am
Four-man Bobsled U.S. National Championships:
Saturday, Jan. 10: Four-man bobsled heats 1 & 2
Sunday, Jan. 11: Four-man bobsled heats 3 & 4
For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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 athttp://bobsled.teamusa.org.