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Men’s Bobsled World Cup Team Announced

Nov. 02, 2008, 7:27 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

(518) 523-1842, ext 106,

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2008

Men's Bobsled World Cup Team Announced

PARK CITY, Utah-The 2008-09 men's bobsled World Cup team was announced today following the final team trials competition in Park City, Utah.  Athletes battled for a position on the team in a series of races held in Lake Placid, N.Y. and Park City, Utah.  Results from two-man and four-man races were combined to determine the top athletes.

"This is one of the most competitive team trials series I've witnessed in my career," said Brian Shimer, men's bobsled head coach and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist.  "Steven Holcomb came into his own as a medal contender after the 2006 Olympics, and now having Todd Hays back gives the U.S. team another threat for us to put a second team on the podium. Having two teams with potential to be on the podium is a coach's dream.  I'm excited about what's going to happen in the next two years."

The 2008-09 World Cup team will be as follows:

USA I: Pilot Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and push athletes Steve Mesler (Calgary, Alberta), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.).

USA II: Pilot Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) and push athletes TJ Burns (Blue Bell, Pa.), Bill Schuffenhauer (Ogden, Utah), and Alex Sprague (Indianapolis, Ind.).

A third sled was named to the National Team, and will compete in a few selected World Cup competitions.  Team USA III will be:  Pilot John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and push athletes Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.), Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.), and Jamie Moriarty (Winnetka, Ill.). 

Alternates to the World Cup team will be named following additional training and testing in Lake Placid, N.Y. prior to the first World Cup race from November 24-30 in Winterberg, Germany. 

"We have a deep field of athletes on this team, and guys are starting to look over their shoulders," said Shimer.  "Napier is coming into his own as a young pilot, and he is already a driver to be reckoned with.  World Championships will be on his home track in Lake Placid, and I think we have a great lineup.  You also can't count out Mike Kohn, who had a slow start to the season, but is always a threat.  It just shows how competitive and strong this team is, and I have great expectations for this season."

For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or

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