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Bobsled and skeleton World Cup racing continues in Igls, Austria this week

Jan. 14, 2014, 12:25 p.m. (ET)

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

Bobsled and skeleton World Cup racing continues in Igls, Austria this week


IGLS, Austria (Jan. 14, 2014)- The bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour makes its sixth stop of the circuit in Igls, Austria with races Friday through Sunday.  Quota spots for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be allocated to each nation based on points earned in international races leading up to and including the Igls World Cup event.

The competition schedule is as follows, with all times listed in local time first and ET in parentheses:

Friday, Jan. 17

4:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m.): Women’s skeleton heat #1

6 p.m. (12 p.m.): Women’s skeleton heat #2

Saturday, Jan. 18

10 a.m. (4 a.m.): Men’s skeleton heat #1

12:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m.): Men’s skeleton heat #2

4:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m.): Men’s two-man bobsled heat #1

5:45 p.m. (11:45 a.m.) Men’s two-man bobsled heat #2

Sunday, Jan. 19

2 p.m. (8 a.m.): Women’s bobsled heat #1

3 p.m. (9 a.m.): Men’s four-man bobsled heat #1

4:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m.): Women’s bobsled heat #2

5:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m.): Men’s four-man bobsled heat #2

The U.S. plans to make its Olympic nominations for the skeleton team on Saturday evening, and its nominations for the bobsled team on Sunday evening. Details for a teleconference press call following each of the announcements will be available later this week.

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) will once again team with his established four-man crew of Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah). Langton will get his turn to push Holcomb in the two-man event on Saturday. Holcomb enters the weekend as the two-man points leader, and is ranked fourth in international four-man standings.

Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) and Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) will push Nick Cunningham’s (Monterey, Calif.) four-man sled, while Andrea Drbal (Belmont, Calif.) will pair with Cunningham in two-man.

Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) will push Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) in the two-man race. Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.) and Chris Langton (Melrose, Mass.) will join Berkeley in Butner’s sled for the four-man competition.

Butner and Cunningham are ranked 16th and 17th, respectively, in four-man standings. Both American pilots need to move ahead of the third ranked Russian sled driven by Nikita Zakharov, who enters the weekend ranked 13th, to qualify a third four-man sled in the Olympics. All three American sleds are ranked in the top six standings in two-man. Holcomb leads, Butner is fifth and Cunningham is sixth.

Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) is ranked second in women’s bobsled standings. She’ll make an effort to gain points on current leader Kaillie Humphries from Canada while racing with Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) this weekend.

Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) will pair with track and field Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.). Greubel is ranked just behind her teammate in third.

Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) will team together for the second time this season. Fenlator enters the Igls event ranked seventh.

Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) and Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) will represent the U.S. in the women’s skeleton competition. Pikus-Pace has moved up to second in rank, despite losing points in the first race. The last time Pikus-Pace won in Igls was en route to claiming the 2005 World Cup title in a Dec. 2004 race. Uhlaender missed the first race of the second half to focus on fully recovering from an injury sustained during a fall training run, and is ranked 19th. Uhlaender’s best finish on the 1976 Olympic track was second place in 2007.

Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.), John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) are entered into the men’s skeleton competition. Antoine is currently ranked fourth and has claimed three medals so far this season. His best finish in Igls to date is fourth during a 2011 World Cup event, and he’ll be a favorite for the podium on Saturday. Daly and Tress are ranked 11th and 13th, respectively. Daly’s best finish this season is fourth, and Tress matched his career-best result, fifth, last weekend.

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

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