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USABS unveils newest skeleton sled, the S-1
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Oct. 13, 2016) - USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS) is proud to announce the release of its newest skeleton sled design, the S-1, which will make its debut when the track opens in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Oct. 17.
Four companies collaborated with USABS to create the S-1 skeleton sled. The sled was designed by Stress Engineering, a consulting engineering firm that utilizes advanced modeling and simulation, instrumentation and testing to solve technical challenges and optimize performance. The S-1 was machined by Machintek Corporation, a longtime partner of the skeleton team. The carbon fiber cowling of the S-1 skeleton sled was provided by DeBotech, Inc., and the steel was supplied by Carpenter Technology.
“This new project is the next step in our evolution of the USABS skeleton sled,” USA Skeleton Head Coach Tuffy Latour said. “We changed up the design team slightly from past skeleton sled models by adding Stress Engineering. Stress offers us a team of engineers and the expertise to take our sleds to the next level. Our longtime partners, Machintek, DeBotech and Carpenter are still involved and we couldn’t do this without their support.”
There will be four new S-1 skeleton sleds manufactured in addition to two modified sleds, all of which will be on ice for the first time next week leading up to team trials, which begin Oct. 22 in Lake Placid. The current project is an evolution of the ProtoStar project, which began in 2010 and has since been updated eight times, including a complete redesign leading to Matt Antoine’s (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Versions of the new sled were tested by Antoine, Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) on last season’s World Cup and Intercontinental Cup circuits.
USABS also built a new skeleton workshop over the summer at the United States Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Lake Placid. USABS would like to thank BMW, DeWalt, Stanley Vidmar, Jessica Yurgaitis and Phil Thompson (Industrial Supply), the Lake Placid OTC maintenance staff, Safety-Kleen and Richard Laubenstein for their contributions to make the workshop a reality. The skeleton team will use the workshop for sled and runner work, in addition to video review from training and competition thanks to Hudl Technique and iOgrapher.
About USA Bobsled & Skeleton
USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS), based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Boomerang Carnets, Hudl Technique, Tesa Tape, PVS International, Ferris Mfg. Corp, Stress Engineering, Machintek, deBotech and Carpenter. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at www.usabs.com.###