MEDIA ADVISORY: Making Team USA Teleconference Series Features U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Athletes, October 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern
After naming its 2009-10 World Cup Team on Saturday, the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF), in cooperation with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), will host a media teleconference on Monday, October 26 at 4 p.m. EASTERN (2 p.m. MOUNTAIN) with members of the recently named team.
The 2010 World Cup team was named following a series of four races in Lake Placid, N.Y. and Park City, Utah.
This edition of the Making Team USA Teleconference Series will feature five of the six skeleton athletes named to the team including Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.), Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah), Rebecca Sorenson (Fort Collins, Colo.), Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) and John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.). Unable to participate in the call will be Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.). The skeleton athletes will take part in the teleconference during the first thirty (30) minutes of the call.
Beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. EASTERN (2:30 MOUNTAIN) the call will introduce the six bobsled pilots for the 2010 World Cup team including Shauna Rohbock (Park City, Utah), Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.), Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.), Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) and John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.).
Two-time World Cup champion Uhlaender was granted a medical waiver onto the women’s skeleton team and was forced to miss the selection races while following a rehabilitation program. Uhlaender shattered her kneecap in a snowmobile accident last April and underwent three reparative surgeries, but is on the mend and is expected to be in peak form by February.
Pikus-Pace swept the selection races in dominant style, winning all four competitions to earn her spot on the team with the maximum number of points. Pikus-Pace’s sliding resume includes 2005 World Cup champion and 2007 World Champion, and she is expected to be a U.S. favorite going into February.
Sorensen will make her World Cup debut this season after finishing second in trials points, edging Courtney Yamada-Anderson for the final team position in speed points. Since beginning the sport of skeleton, Sorensen has been an athlete to watch internationally, and will likely be a threat on the World Cup stage.
Lund secured his position on the team after finishing with the highest number of points in the selection races. Lund missed both the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games, but returned in the 2006-07 season to claim the World Cup title and is a force to be reckoned with on the podium.
Daly finished the 2008-2009 season ranked second on the European Cup tour, and is known internationally as one of the fastest athletes at the start. Daly will undoubtedly be a force to reckon with as he makes his World Cup debut.
Rohbock earned a bye onto the team because of her 2008-2009 season’s results, which included a World Championship silver medal and gold on the 2010 Olympic course in Whistler, British Columbia.
Pac earned her spot on the team as the best pilot in the selection races, and has already proven herself on the Whistler course after claiming bronze in the World Cup event last season. Schaaf, a skeleton athlete turned bobsled pilot, had a breakthrough season last year and finished sixth in Whistler.
Holcomb earned a bye onto the team after winning the four-man bobsled World Championship crown and the two-man bobsled World Championship bronze medal.
Hays came out of retirement a year ago to make his bid for another Olympic team, and his quest for gold grew closer to a reality after earning his position onto the World Cup roster. Napier, 22, made his stamp on the international scene last season, and is a promising young athlete for the U.S. team.
The teams departed Sunday for two weeks of international training on the 2010 Olympic Winter Games track in Whistler, British Columbia. The first World Cup event will take place in Park City, Utah, November 9-14.
WHO: 2010 World Cup Teams for U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton
WHAT: Making Team USA Teleconference Series
WHEN: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET/2:00 - 2:30 p.m. MT --- SKELETON 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET/2:30 - 3:00 p.m. MT -- BOBSLED
HOW: 1-800-311-9410 Passcode: TEAMUSA For more information, please contact Kevin Neuendorf of the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4786.