2013 U.S. National Skeleton Push Championships scheduled for Saturday

Sept. 19, 2013, 10:46 a.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
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2013 U.S. National Skeleton Push Championships scheduled for Saturday

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (September 19, 2013)- Twenty-seven athletes will race for the 2013 U.S. National Skeleton Push Championship title on the newly constructed wheeled start track at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. this Saturday. The competition will begin at 10:30 am ET.

“This is shaping up to be another great event for USA Skeleton,” said Tuffy Latour, U.S. skeleton head coach. “This year’s push championships will include some very strong veteran sliders, recruits from the last three seasons and our newest additions.  The competition should be outstanding as we gear up for national team trials.”

John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) started the week by setting some personal best scores in the combine test as he works towards defending his title in the men’s competition.  Daly narrowly won by one-hundredth of a second last season, and he’ll face a competitive field of 15 athletes hungry to start the Olympic season with a win.  National team athletes Mike Dellemann (Oregon, Wisc.) and Tom Santagato (Astoria, N.Y.) have been on the brink of earning a push title in the past and will also be strong contenders for the title this year.

Reigning women’s push champion Veronica Day (Vienna, Va.) will not only contend against against Lauren Salter (Idyllwild, Calif.) and Caitlin Carter (Carrolton, Texas), who challenged Day for the title last season, but she’ll also battle returning veterans Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn.). O’Shea and Henry are previous title winners, but both were on medical leave and did not participate in last season’s competition.  Twelve women are entered into Saturday’s contest, and Latour said the coaching staff is impressed with the level of athleticism the rookies and veterans are displaying to start the season.

“As coaches, Zach Lund, Brian McDonald and I have seen the program get better and better over the last four years,” Latour said. “It amazes us each day as we see the athletes grow and push themselves to be their best.”

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