North American Cup finale in Lake Placid

March 05, 2013, 5:23 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
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North American Cup finale in Lake Placid, N.Y.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (March 4, 2013)- The international bobsled and skeleton competitive season will come to a close this weekend with the North American Cup finale in Lake Placid, N.Y. 

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

Wednesday, March 6

9 am: Women’s and men’s two-man bobsled race #8

Thursday, March 7

9 am: Women’s and men’s two-man bobsled race #9

1 pm: Women’s and men’s skeleton race #8

Friday, March 8

9 am: Women’s and men’s skeleton race #9

Saturday, March 9

9 am: Men’s four-man bobsled race #8

Sunday, March 10

9 am: Men’s four-man bobsled race #9

Several U.S. competitors have a chance to claim the overall North American Cup title. Bobsled pilot Berit Tomten (Salt Lake City, Utah) has been steadily improving throughout the season and currently leads the women’s standings after earning two medals during the Calgary, Canada races.  Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.) missed two races, but she still maintains fourth place in standings after claiming gold in all five races she’s entered.  Schaaf is a favorite to sweep the Lake Placid races.

Men’s bobsled driver Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) has dominated the North American Cup series and leads by 290 points over teammate Jake Peterson (Princeton, Minn.).  Both athletes aim to secure their top three positions this week.

Men’s skeleton competitors Austin McCrary (Colleyville, Texas) and Ryan Sweeney (Whitehall, N.Y.) enter the finale ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, and both athletes have the chance to move into the top three with medal performances this week.

Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) will not be competing this week, but she is the current women’s skeleton points leader.  Pikus-Pace competed in four North American Cup races earlier this season to gain qualification for the World Cup circuit following her retirement in 2010.  Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) enters this week’s races ranked fourth, and has potential to claim a top three position.

Follow the team’s progress this week by visiting the official USA Bobsled & Skeleton Facebook page. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at with media inquiries.

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