USABS to select Para National Teams

Oct. 31, 2019, 10:50 a.m. (ET)

USABS to Select Para National Teams


By Kim Seevers

USA Bobsled/Skeleton will be holding an open tryout for positions on the National Para Sliding Team. Athletes eligible to compete have ambulatory disabilities and injuries. Participants will be competing in three categories: seated bobsled (athletes with ambulatory disabilities such as spinal cord injury, paralysis, above the knee amputation, and bilateral amputation), para-push bobsled (athletes with below the knee amputations and other disabilities that impact leg strength but allow them to push start a bobsled), and skeleton (unilateral amputations, arm or leg). Unlike the two- and four-man bobsleds fans of the Winter Olympics know, athletes with disabilities race in one-man sleds called monobobs.

On November 1, 2019 a national team selection committee will name three seated, and up to two push and two skeleton athletes, to the 2019-2020 team.

National Team International members (all seated pilots) will compete on the 2019-2020 International Bobsled Skeleton Federation World Cup circuit. World Cup stops will be made in Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Lake Placid, NY and Park City, UT. Athletes with the highest standings at the conclusion of the World Cup season will qualify to compete in the World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway.

National Team Domestic members (push bobsled pilots and skeleton athletes) will compete in the 2019-2020 American Para Cup series. All three American Para Cup races will be held on the famed Lake Placid Olympic track.

Athletes from all three disciplines will come together in March to compete for national championship titles.

The national team selection races will be streamed live at time is 3:30 PM on Friday, November 1.