U.S. Skeleton National Team Named

Oct. 30, 2013, 9:28 a.m. (ET)

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

U.S. Skeleton National Team Named

PARK CITY, Utah (Oct. 30, 2013)- The U.S. skeleton national team was officially named this morning after points were tallied following the fourth and final selection race in Park City last night. The selection series started in Lake Placid, N.Y. last week, and after a fierce battle for coveted spots on the national team, 11 athletes earned a position on the World Cup and Intercontinental Cup teams.

“The national team trials are one of three big events for our athletes each season,” said Tuffy Latour, U.S. skeleton head coach. “This group of athletes is amazing. Our veteran athletes have been pushed to be their best at each national team event, and at the same time they’ve been mentors to each and every one of the new athletes in the program. It’s a great pleasure to be a coach in this program and to see the teamwork amongst these athletes.”

Twelve of the 17 men and 12 of the 16 women that raced in trials began the sport of skeleton over the last four years. Trials, national push championships and national champions are the three national events the team participates in each season.

Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) and Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) had byes onto the national team based on their performances last season.  Pikus-Pace and Uhlaender finished 1-2 on the 2014 Olympic track at the conclusion of last season, and Pikus-Pace won all four women’s events to kick off the Olympic year with confidence.  Pikus-Pace and Uhlaender will lead the women’s squad on the World Cup tour.

John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) had a bye onto the team for his results last season. Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) clinched his spot on the men’s World Cup team after sweeping the selection race series.  Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) finished second to Antoine in selection race points to earn the third spot on the men’s World Cup team.

The World Cup tour will kick off in Calgary, Canada, and training will start on Nov. 26.  The circuit will continue in Park City Dec. 2-7 before finishing up in Lake Placid from Dec. 10-15 before the holiday break.

Three women and three men were named to the Intercontinental Cup team.  Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), Kimber Gabryszak (Park City, Utah) and Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) will represent the women’s team. Mike Dellemann (Oregon, Wisc.), Allen Blackwell (Jackson, Miss.) and Tom Santagato (Astoria, N.Y.) earned positions on the men’s team.  The Intercontinental Cup tour begins in Igls, Austria on Dec. 3.

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with questions regarding the team.

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