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Five For Friday: Bobsled/Skeleton

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 10, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Pilot Codie Bascue competes in the four-person bobsled at the BMW IBSF World Cup at Alpensia Sliding Centre on March 19, 2017 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

 

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The race toward capturing quota spots for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 begins this week in Lake Placid, New York. The world cup season opener concludes Friday with runs in men’s skeleton and two-man bobsled.

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It is an emotional weekend for the bobsledders, who are competing for the first time without teammate and three-time Olympic medalist Steven Holcomb on his home track. He died unexpectedly this past May.

Leading the U.S. men into competition are drivers Codie Bascue, Nick Cunningham and Justin Olsen. Bascue is scheduled to team up with Sam McGuffie on Friday. Cunningham, a two-time Olympian, is combining with Ryan Bailey, a 2012 Olympian in track and field. Olsen, a two-time Olympian, is splitting his time with two-time Olympic medalist Steve Langton and Evan Weinstock over two days of racing.

Unseasonably warm weather led to the cancellation of the four-man competition, so a second two-man race replaced it.

Among those in Friday’s season-opening skeleton race are 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine, two-time Olympian John Daly and USA Skeleton National Team Trials winner Greg West.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET Friday, NBC Sports Network; 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.