St. Moritz final World Cup stop before 2018 Olympic Team is named

Jan. 11, 2018, 9:11 a.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

St. Moritz final World Cup stop before 2018 Olympic Team is named

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 11, 2018)- The final World Cup race before USA Bobsled & Skeleton nominates athletes for the 2018 Olympic Team will take place in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the only natural ice track in the world, this weekend. Team USA’s performances are crucial; several nations, including the U.S., are battling it out for the third quota spot at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games next month in PyeongChang, South Korea.


The race schedule is as follows, with all times listed in local time and EST in parenthesis:


Friday, Jan. 12

9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m.): Women’s skeleton

1 p.m. (7 a.m.): Men’s skeleton


Saturday, Jan. 13

9:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m.): Women’s bobsled

1 p.m. (7 a.m.): Men’s two-man bobsled


Sunday, Jan. 14

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


Brakeman combinations are yet to be announced, but pilots Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pa.) and Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.), ranked second and third overall by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), respectively, will each compete this weekend. Greubel Poser teamed with Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) on the tricky Altenberg, Germany track last week for silver. Meanwhile, Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) rejoins the team to compete in St. Moritz after missing the Altenberg race. The ninth-ranked Reinbolt is looking to qualify Team USA’s third women’s sled for the Games, and the St. Moritz race will be crucial in determining sled quotas.


On the men’s side, Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.), who is ranked ninth overall in two-man and sixth overall in four-man, will seek his first medal of the second half. Bascue’s best previous finishes on the Swiss track came in the 2014-2015 season, when he took 13th in two-man and 12th in four-man, but the 23-year-old is having a breakout season. Additionally, after competing on the European Cup last week in Igls, Austria, Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) will compete. Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) is currently in Lake Placid, N.Y., preparing for this weekend’s North American Cup four-man races in an effort to accumulate more Olympic qualification points.


In men’s skeleton, Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.), ranked seventh overall, will compete alongside John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Greg West (Springfield, Mo.), who are ranked 13th and 27th overall, respectively. Daly took silver and bronze in last week’s St. Moritz Intercontinental Cup (ICC) races, and rejoins the World Cup tour this week.


Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) also comes back to the World Cup tour after earning gold and silver in the ICC races last week. Uhlaender leads the women’s skeleton team with her 11th overall ranking, while Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) and Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) will also race this weekend. Wesenberg is ranked 17th overall, while Graybill is 26th.


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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