By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 12, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evens compete in women's bobsled at the BMW IBSF World Cup on March 18, 2017 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


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The final push for Olympic quota spots and berths for bobsled and skeleton is this week in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The world cup competition is the final event that will determine quota spots for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The U.S. is hoping to get the maximum of three entries in each event.

The top American in each discipline clinches an Olympic berth. If there is a third spot, the second-ranked American slider or pilot qualifies and the third is chosen by a selection committee. If there are two spots, the second is chosen by committee. The U.S. Olympic bobsled and skeleton team will be nominated on or before Monday.

Leading the way in women’s bobsled are 2014 Olympic bronze medal teammates Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans, who finished second in last week’s world cup stop in Altenberg, Germany. Greubel Poser is second in the world cup points standings, and two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor is third. Brittany Reinbolt goes after a third U.S. sled spot in St. Moritz.

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Chasing after spots in men’s bobsled are drivers Nick Cunningham, Justin Olsen and Codie Bascue. Olsen, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist in four-man as a push athlete, had a second-place finish in a European Cup event last week. All three are ranked within the top 16 in the world cup two-man standings, led by Bascue in seventh place.

Bascue combined with Nate Weber, Carlo Valdes and Sam McGuffie for a ninth-place finish in four-man bobsled last week in Altenberg, Germany. Bascue, who ranks sixth in the four-man standings, secured his Olympic berth as the top-ranked U.S. man and will be formally nominated on the 15th. Cunningham, a two-time Olympian, is ranked 20th and is unable to catch Bascue.

Among those trying to secure Olympic berths in skeleton are Katie Uhlaender, a three-time Olympian, and John Daly, a two-time Olympian. Each won two medals last week on the Intercontinental Cup circuit. They are expected to race in St. Moritz on Friday.

Matt Antoine, a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, has secured an Olympic nomination with his seventh-place spot in the men’s world cup standings. Uhlaender is 13th in the women’s standings, and Kendall Wesenberg is 15th.

TV: 5 and 9 a.m. and 5:30 and 11 p.m. ET Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

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