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Team USA athletes are medal favorites in Lake Placid World Cup

Dec. 11, 2013, 10:53 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
(518) 354-2250, abird@usbsf.com

Team USA athletes are medal favorites in Lake Placid World Cup


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Dec. 11, 2013)- The USA Bobsled & Skeleton team hopes to build upon its success on the third stop of the World Cup tour in Lake Placid this weekend after posting 10 medal performances in last weekend’s Park City, Utah event. The Lake Placid series features double races in the men’s two-man bobsled and women’s skeleton disciplines, and the U.S. athletes are favorites to win gold.

The race schedule is as follows, with all times listed in ET:

Friday, Dec. 13:

8:30 am: Men’s two-man bobsled heat #1
10 am: Men’s two-man bobsled heat #2
12 pm: Women’s skeleton heat #1
1 pm: Men’s skeleton heat #1
2:15 pm: Women’s skeleton heat #2
3:15 pm: Men’s skeleton heat #2

Saturday, Dec. 14:

8:30 am: Men’s two-man bobsled heat #1
10 am: Men’s two-man bobsled heat #2
1 pm: Women’s bobsled heat #1
2:30 pm: Women’s bobsled heat #2

Sunday, Dec. 15:

9 am: Women’s skeleton heat #1
10:30 am: Women’s skeleton heat #2
1 pm: Men’s four-man bobsled heat #1
2:30 pm: Men’s four-man bobsled heat #2

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) won last season’s two-man bobsled World Cup opener in Lake Placid with Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.).  The duo will race together again on Friday, and Holcomb will compete with the newest addition to his team, Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah), on Saturday. Holcomb’s 2010 Olympic gold medal teammate Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) will join the crew for Sunday’s four-man race. Holcomb is four-for-four after sweeping the men’s bobsled World Cup races in Calgary, Canada and Park City.

Army World Class Athlete Program Soldiers Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) raced to a silver medal in last week’s two-man race and will go for gold on Friday. Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) will race with Cunningham for Saturday’s two-man event. Cunningham’s four-man crew includes Robinson, 2010 Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Abe Morlu (Phoenix, Ariz.). 

Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) will race with Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) in both two-man races, while Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.), Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.) and Chris Langton (Melrose, Mass.) will power Butner’s four-man sled.

Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.) will get a chance to power Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) off the start block on Saturday in only her second World Cup race of her career.  Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) won double gold with Meyers in Park City and is expected to have blistering start times with pilot Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) this week.  Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) will pair with Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) for the second time this season.  Meyers and Fenlator earned medals in last season’s Lake Placid World Cup after finishing 2-3, and the women are capable of repeating last weekend’s sweep of the medals.

Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) obliterated the track record last week to solidify herself as a women’s skeleton favorite heading into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) will be a tough competitor to beat on the track she won the 2012 World Championship title on.

Men’s skeleton competitor Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) claimed his third career World Cup medal last week and is a favorite for gold on his home track. John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) learned how to slide in Lake Placid, and are eager to bring home their first World Cup medals in front of a crowd of friends and family.

Catch the World Cup races on Universal Sports.  Please check your local listing for a broadcast schedule.

The Intercontinental Cup tour continues with double races on Dec. 13-14 in Altenberg, Germany, while the European Cup team will compete in Winterberg, Germany on Dec. 17. 

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

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: BMW of North America, Century 21 Real Estate, CEVA Logistics, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Boomerang Carnets, 24 Hour Fitness, KBC Helmets, Eastern European Distribution Company, Azad Watches, Latta USA, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Autism Speaks, Park City Lodging, Inc., EDAS/Ripxx, UberSense, Tesa Tape and Ferris Mfg. Corp. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.

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