Koenigssee marks halfway point of bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour this week

Jan. 09, 2019, 8:35 p.m. (ET)


Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director
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Koenigssee marks halfway point of bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour this week


KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 9, 2019)The bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour will mark the halfway point of the season with its fourth stop in Koenigssee, Germany from Jan. 11-13. Koenigssee is the first permanent artificially refrigerated sliding track in the world, and the course will celebrate 50 years as an artificial track this year.

The schedule is as follows, with times listed in local CET and EST in parentheses:

Friday, Jan. 11 (CANCELED DUE TO SNOW)
10 a.m. (4 a.m.): Men’s skeleton
1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.): Women’s skeleton

Saturday, Jan. 12
1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.): Women’s bobsled
4:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m.): Two-man bobsled

Sunday, Jan. 13
1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.): Four-man bobsled

The Olympic Channel and NBCSN will broadcast the Koenigssee event with some live and same day delay coverage. Please check your local listings for up-to-date times. NBCSports.com and OlympicChannel.com will also provide live streaming of the events.

Men’s skeleton athletes Kyle Brown(Concord, N.H.), Greg West(Springfield, Mo.) and Austin Florian(Southington, Conn.) will kick off the fourth stop of the tour on Friday morning. Savannah Graybill(Denver, Pa.) and Kendall Wesenberg(Modesto, Calif.) will represent Team USA in the women’s skeleton race, which will follow the men’s competition on Friday.

In women’s bobsled, Elana Meyers Taylor(Douglasville, Ga.) will once again race with Lake Kwaza(Sycamore, Ill.) in the BMW sled. The pairing has already claimed two medals in the two races they’ve teamed together in, earning bronze medals in Winterberg and Altenberg, Germany. Brittany Reinbolt(Searcy, Ark.) will race with Olympic silver medal push athlete Lauren Gibbs(Los Angeles, Calif.) in the KOA-branded BMW-made sled.

In men’s bobsled, Codie Bascue(Whitehall, N.Y.) is scheduled to race with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor(Powhatan, Va.) on Saturday in the two-man race in the BMW sled. Bascue and Abdul-Saboor are expected to be joined by Jimmy Reed(Garmisch, Germany) and Josh Williamson(Lake Mary, Fla.) in Sunday’s four-man competition.

Justin Olsen(San Antonio, Texas) is scheduled to race with Blaine McConnell(Tacoma, Wash.) in the Lake Placid 2021 World Championship wrapped BMW sled in Saturday’s two-man race. Olsen’s four-man team is expected to be McConnell, Adrian Adams (Reidsville, N.C.) and Kyle Wilcox(Tampa, Fla.). 

Wesenberg has taken over the @USABS Instagram story this week to offer fans a behind the scenes look at Koenigssee. Be sure to follow along through Sunday.  

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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