By Karen Price | March 23, 2019, 5:40 p.m. (ET)

Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs push a bobsled at bobsled national championships on March 23, 2019 in Lake Placid, New York.


The U.S. not only has its new national champions in bobsled and skeleton, but also a roster for the next world cup racing season.

Some of the nation’s top athletes gathered in Lake Placid, New York, this weekend to close out the season with the national championships with the winners in each discipline also earning spots on the 2019-20 team.

On Friday, Brittany Reinbolt and Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs claimed the women’s bobsled national titles posting the fastest two-run combined time of 1 minute, 56.21 seconds. The duo trailed Nicole Vogt and Nicole Brungardt after the first run, but used another fast push on the second run and kept up speed down the track to take the lead and secure world cup roster spots.

Skeleton athletes raced over two days. By the end of the competition on Saturday, Olympian Kendall Wesenberg and Austin Florian were the women’s and men’s national champs, respectively.

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This is the first national title for Wesenberg, and it came down to her versus Savannah Graybill in the fourth and final heat. Graybill led after the first three runs, but Wesenberg was a hair faster on the fourth run and ended up edging her teammate by 0.32 seconds with a combined time of 3:43.71. Graybill finished with a combined time of 3:44.03 and four-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender, who returned to competition this weekend after taking a year off, was third with a time of 3:44.42.

Florian led coming into Saturday’s final two races, but a slip at the start of run No. 3 almost cost him his first U.S. title. Kyle Brown moved briefly into the top spot but Florian fought back to win by 0.20 seconds with a combined time of 3:37.82. Brown finished second with a time of 3:38.02. 

Capping things off, Olympian Codie Bascue finished second in the four-man bobsled on Saturday. That, combined with his win Friday in the two-man competition, earned him the overall title and the spot on the world cup team. He will be joined on the roster by his push athletes, Josh Williamson, Frank Del Duca and Jimmy Reed. 

Elana Meyers Taylor and Justin Olsen were injured during the world championships and did not compete.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.