Schelberg and DeLance recipients of Randy Price and Elaine Iba Memorial Fund Award

April 22, 2019, 12:08 p.m. (ET)

USA Bobsled & Skeleton recognizes Emily Schelberg and Max DeLance as the 2019 recipients of the Randy Price and Elaine Iba Memorial Fund Award

 

By Mark Fairchild 

The Randy Price and Elaine Iba Memorial Award is presented annually to aspiring Olympic athletes in the sport of skeleton who display exceptional forms of sportsmanship on, and off the ice. The Randy Price Memorial Fund and the Elaine Iba Memorial Fund were each created in loving memory of Randy and Elaine who demonstrated an unmatched enthusiasm and passion for skeleton. The fund not only recognizes their involvement in the sport, but provides a means of aid to help other aspiring skeleton athletes achieve their dreams.

Emily Schelberg (Annaplois, Mary.), a United States Marine veteran, began sliding in 2016. Coming from a diverse athletic background of track & field, crew, and cross-fit, Schelberg added skeleton to the list in 2016 with the desire to continue competing and take on a new challenge. Schelberg’s first full season with team saw great progress as she looks to improve her start time in the offseason. Yet, for Schelberg, there could have been no better culmination to the year than to receive an award that is named for such inspirational figures in the sport.

“It was a shock to me,” says Schelberg, “Quite astounding to have the athletes you work with recognize you for the other aspects of being an athlete that maybe you don’t always focus on, like teamwork and perseverance.”

Max DeLace (San Jose, Cali.), an athlete with a few more years experience competing in skeleton, got his start in Park City, Utah, after his dad, having just watched the event in the Vancouver Games, recommended he tryout the sport. A hockey player since he could walk, DeLace took up the challenge and in 2015 traded in his skates for a sled. 

The strides DeLance has made in years following, to better himself as an athlete and teammate, have made him more than deserving of the recognition.

“It’s a huge honor, and I’m glad my teammates can recognize my improvement, overall attitude, and what I bring everyday to the track to improve us as a team,” says Delance “It reaffirms that things are moving in the right direction for my skeleton career.

Learn more about Randy and Elaine by visiting www.rpmfund.org.