World Cup season concludes with Olympic dress rehearsal in Russia

Feb. 12, 2013, 12:20 p.m. (ET)

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World Cup season concludes with Olympic dress rehearsal in Russia

RZHANAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 12, 2013)- The Olympic dress rehearsal is scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday on the newly constructed track located in the Western Caucasus of Russia.  The 2014 Olympic course is about an hour northeast of Sochi, the Olympic hub, and will host the ninth and final World Cup race of the 2012-2013 season.  Athletes from all nations are eager to stake claim on the Olympic track as the countdown begins to the Opening Ceremony less than one year away. 

The detailed schedule is as follows, with all times listed in local time and EST in parentheses: 

Friday, Feb. 15

3:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m.) – Men’s skeleton heat #1

5 p.m. (8 a.m.) – Men’s skeleton heat #2

8 p.m. (11 a.m.) –Women’s bobsled heat #1

9:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m.) – Women’s bobsled heat #2


Saturday, Feb. 16

8 a.m. (11 p.m. Friday)–Women’s skeleton heat #1

10 a.m. (1 a.m.) –Women’s skeleton heat #2

1 p.m.  (4 a.m.)– Men’s two-man bobsled heat #1

2:30 p.m. (5:30 a.m.)– Men’s two-man bobsled heat #2


Sunday, Feb. 17

1:45 p.m. (4:45 a.m.)- Men’s four-man bobsled heat #1

3:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m.)-Men’s four-man bobsled race heat #2

The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions, so please check for updates.

John Daly (Smithtown. N.Y.), Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) and Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) will compete for the U.S. in the men’s skeleton race to kick start the event on Friday.  Daly started the season with his career-best result on his home track in Lake Placid, N.Y., and is back on track after tying for fifth in 2013 World Championships two weeks ago.  Antoine established himself as an athlete to watch after claiming bronze in the Whistler, Canada Olympic dress rehearsal four years ago, and hopes to make another impression in Sochi’s run-through.  Tress rejoins the team after a brief break at home. 

The women’s bobsled team hopes to take a step closer towards sweeping the podium at the 2014 Games by finishing 1-2-3 this weekend. Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) will be a commanding duo that is expected to blow the competition away at the start in Friday’s competition. Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) started the season together with a silver medal performance and hope to conclude the competitive year back on the podium.  Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) and World Championship medalist Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) will race together for just the second time.  

Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) and Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) will represent the U.S. in the women’s skeleton race.  Pikus-Pace boasts six medals this season, including World Championship gold and silver medals.  Uhlaender has climbed the medal stand four times this season and will battle her teammate for the first-ever gold medal on the newly constructed track.

Reigning four-man bobsled Olympic champion Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) will partner with two-man specialist Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) on Saturday, and the pair will join tenacious pushers Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) in the hunt for gold in Sunday’s four-man finale. 

Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) will race with Soldier-athlete Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) in the two-man race, while Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) will pair together. 

Cunningham’s four-man crew includes Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.), Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.) and Fogt.  Robinson, Chris Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) will push Butner in the four-man race to conclude a successful season.

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

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