Lake Placid to host next USABS summer combine

July 02, 2018, 11:38 a.m. (ET)

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Lake Placid to host next USABS summer combine

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (July 2, 2018)- Already a town steeped in Olympic history, Lake Placid will play host to the next crop of bobsled and skeleton Olympic hopefuls when it holds the fourth USA Bobsled & Skeleton combine of 2018 on July 7.

Caleb Smith, who is from Lake Placid and was recently hired on as one of Team USA’s skeleton coaches, said the most alluring part of the sports is their dynamic nature.

It requires you to be a master of a lot of things,” he said. “The physical aspect, the technical aspect and of course the art of sliding. Having such a complex sport that exists in a changing environment — it’s an outdoor sport and the weather is always changing — every day brings a new environment and every day is a new challenge.”

The combine, designed to test an athlete’s speed and strength, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at the Lake Placid track and horse showgrounds, located just a short drive from the town’s Olympic Training Center.

For prospective bobsled or skeleton athletes, combines are the first step toward making the national or Olympic team. The test is comprised of a shot toss, broad jump and a series of sprints.

USABS athletes come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including track and field, football, rowing, bodybuilding, softball and field hockey. Smith, who was involved in the U.S. Luge program while playing soccer, basketball and running track in high school, had enrolled in the Air Force Academy in 2002 when he decided to make the switch to skeleton.

Skeleton has become a staple in Smith’s life. After a 10-year sliding career, he has gone on to coach several different nations before being hired onto USABS’ coaching staff in June. For those planning to attend a combine, he says, mental qualities are just as important as physical.

The biggest things we’re going to look for are flexibility in terms of mentality, resilience, a curious, learning mind is critical,” he said. “In terms of advice, I’d say come in without any fear. Come in rested. Don’t try and impress, just put it all on the line and let everything fall where it may. It can open up a very exciting door.”

Any athlete wishing to participate in the Lake Placid combine must pre-register. For more information, please click here.

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