Bobsled and skeleton national team trials start next week

Oct. 03, 2013, 10:07 a.m. (ET)

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

Bobsled and skeleton national team trials begin in Lake Placid next week; racing to be streamed live online


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (October 3, 2013)- USA Bobsled & Skeleton athletes took their first training runs of the season at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid yesterday in preparation for a series of national team selection races.  Athletes will compete in both Lake Placid and Park City, Utah this month for a chance to earn a spot on the 2013-2014 World Cup squad, and all national team races will be streamed live on the official USA Bobsled & Skeleton website.  This season will culminate with the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and points earned throughout the World Cup tour will play a significant role in which athletes are named to the Olympic team. 

“The team trials are incredibly important, especially in an Olympic season,” said U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele. “We have a strong field of national team contenders, from veterans who have competed in multiple Olympics to rookies who will get their first chance to showcase their talents on ice. We are very excited to watch all of these athletes put it on the line for a chance to represent the U.S. on the national team. It is incredibly competitive, and we will unfortunately be leaving some amazing athletes behind.”

The Lake Placid team trials schedule is as follows, with all times listed in ET:

Oct. 12: Women’s and men’s two-man bobsled from 9:30-11:30 am

Oct. 13: Men’s four-man bobsled from 9:30-11:30 am

Oct. 21: Women’s and men’s skeleton from 8-11 am

Oct. 22: Women’s and men’s skeleton from 8-11 am


The Park City race schedule is as follows, with all times listed in MT:

Oct. 25: Women’s and men’s two-man bobsled from 7-9 pm

Oct. 26: Men’s four-man bobsled from 7-9 pm

Oct. 29: Women’s and men’s skeleton from 7-9 pm

Oct. 30: Women’s and men’s skeleton from 7-9 pm

Race dates and times are subject to change, so please check the USA Bobsled & Skeleton website for regular updates.  A live stream of the events will be broadcast on the website thanks to a collaboration between the U.S. Olympic Committee, West World Media and the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation, so media, friends, family and fans can track the athletes as they vie for a coveted spot on the national team.

The event is open to the public. Media interested in attending should contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 to request credentials.

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, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Boomerang Carnets, 24 Hour Fitness, Putinka Vodka, KBC Helmets, 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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