American Para-Cup National Championships take place Wednesday in Lake Placid

April 02, 2019, 10:36 a.m. (ET)

American Para-Cup National Championships take place Wednesday in Lake Placid

 

Photo credit: International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation

 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.(April 2, 2019)–The American Para-Cup National Championships will be held at Mount Van Hoevenberg at 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday.  The national championship race is the final race in a series that has been funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant. This race represents the first national championship competition for the para athletes in bobsled and skeleton.

 

Thanks to the grant, 13 injured U.S. veterans have been training in Lake Placid this week. Eleven have qualified for a chance to compete for the national title. Highland Treatment Inc., a Highland, Mich. environmental company maintaining freshwater and wastewater systems, has offered support for the non-military competitors in today’s race. John and Judy Dawson, who own Highland Treatment Inc., were excited to join the team behind the team when approached by team captain Darrin Raupp.

 

Fourteen athletes are entered to compete in three categories. Athletes are divided into three categories; those who qualify to compete for the U.S. National Team based on their disability, those who are ambulatory and can compete as a push athlete, and skeleton athletes. Overall national champions will be crowned in para bobsled and para skeleton, with the highest eligible pilot earning the privilege of driving the USA 1 sled for the 2019-2020 Para Sport World Cup season.