World Cup season continues in Winterberg Germany

Dec. 06, 2017, 4:14 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, (518) 354-2250, amanda.bird@usabs.com
Kristen Gowdy, USABS Media and Marketing Assistant, (719) 722-0522, kristen.gowdy@usabs.com

World Cup season continues in Winterberg, Germany

 

Photo courtesy of Lauri Bausch

WINTERBERG, GERMANY (Nov. 8, 2017)- After a weeklong break, the World Cup tour is set to resume in Winterberg this weekend for its first European race of the season.


The full race schedule, with times listed in EST in parentheses, is below:


Friday, Dec. 8

10:00 a.m. (4:00 a.m): Women’s skeleton

1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.): Men’s skeleton


Saturday, Dec. 9

9:45 a.m. (3:45 a.m.): Women’s bobsled

1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.): Two-man bobsled


Sunday, Dec. 10

11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.): Four-man bobsled


Team USA took two of the three women’s bobsled medals during the last World Cup in Whistler, Canada, and Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pa.) and Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.), who took silver and bronze, respectively, will seek podium finishes once again. Greubel Poser is expected to race on Saturday with Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.), while Meyers Taylor will team with Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.). Greubel Poser and Meyers Taylor currently rank second and third, respectively, in the 2017-2018 International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) overall standings, and are looking to overtake points leader Kallie Humphries of Canada.


Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.), who finished 12th in Whistler and ranks sixth overall, is set to race with Maureen Ajoku (San Jose, Calif.) in the first World Cup race of Ajoku’s career. The competition combinations are subject to change, however, due to sled availability. Updates will be posted to the USA Bobsled & Skeleton website and social media pages prior to the race.


Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) has had a breakout season so far, piloting his sleds to three medals in the first three two-man and four-man races of the season. In Saturday’s two-man competition, Carlo Valdes (Newport Beach, Calif.) will push for the 23-year-old pilot, while Sam McGuffie (Cypress, Texas) and Nate Weber (Pueblo West, Colo.) will join Bascue and Valdes in four-man on Sunday. Bascue is currently ranked fifth overall in four-man and sixth overall in two-man.


Two-time Olympian Nick Cunningham (Monterey Bay, Calif.) currently holds the fourth overall ranking in two-man, and will team with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.), who makes his first World Cup appearance this season after earning a spot on the national team. Cunningham and Abdul-Saboor paired for gold in one of the two-man races in last week’s Park City, Utah North American Cup races. Sam Michener (Gresham, Ore.) and Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.) will round out Cunningham’s four-man team.


Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and brakeman Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.) will team up in two-man for the first time since taking bronze in the season-opening Lake Placid, N.Y. World Cup. Olympic medalists Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) will race with Olsen and Weinstock in four-man. Olsen currently sits in seventh, just behind Bascue, in the two-man overall rankings.


Team USA skeleton athletes will seek their first World Cup medal of the season in Winterberg. The women’s team has been led by three-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.), who has a World Cup gold medal on the Winterberg track from the 2006-2007 season. Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) and Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) will also race for the women. Wesenberg won silver in Winterberg in the 2014-2015 European Cup race, while it is Graybill’s first time competing on the track.


On the men’s side, Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) has finished in the top 10 in two of three races thus far this season, and leads Team USA in points, sitting in seventh in the overall rankings. Greg West (Springfield, Mo.) and John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) will also compete for the U.S.


All races will be streamed live on the Olympic Channel and live updates will be posted on USABS’ social media pages. For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250.

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