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World Cup reaches midway point in Winterberg this week

Dec. 09, 2021, 12:45 p.m. (ET)

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World Cup reaches midway point in Winterberg this week

 

View of the Winterberg track

View of the Winterberg track

 Photo credit: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

 

WINTERBERG, Germany (December 9, 2021) – The World Cup tour is midway through the season, making its fourth of eight stops this weekend in Winterberg. The schedule features five disciplines with double four-man bobsled races. The track in Sigulda, Latvia, which will host the World Cup next month, is only suitable for two-man sleds. That event will host two two-man races as a result. 


The schedule is as follows, with all times listed in local time:


Friday, December 10

10 a.m.: Men’s skeleton run #1

11:45 a.m.: Men’s skeleton run #2

2:30 p.m.: Women’s skeleton run #1

4 p.m.: Women’s skeleton run #2


Saturday, December 11

10 a.m.: Four-man bobsled run #1

11:30 a.m.: Four-man bobsled run #2

2:30 p.m.: Women’s monobob run #1

4 p.m.: Women’s monobob run #2


Sunday, December 12

9 a.m.: Two-woman bobsled run #1

10:30 a.m.: Two-woman bobsled run #2

1:30 p.m.: Four-man bobsled run #1

3 p.m.: Four-man bobsled run #2


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John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Austin Florian (Southington, Conn.) will represent the U.S. in the men’s skeleton competition, while Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.), Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn.) and Kelly Curtis (Princeton, N.J.) will compete in the women’s skeleton race. Daly finished fifth in the 2014 World Cup event, and he’s a strong contender for a top six finish again tomorrow. This will be FLorian’s fourth World Cup race on the Winterberg track. His best finish to date was 15th last season. Uhlaender has had mixed results in Winterberg throughout her career. She’s claimed two World Cup medals on the German track, including gold in 2007, and finished 13th last year. Henry has competed in only one World Cup race in Winterberg in 2020, when she finished seventh, but she has competed in several European and Intercontinental Cup races, and one World Championships in Winterberg. Curtis has only been to Winterberg once before for an Intercontinental Cup competition in 2019, when she finished fourth.


Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) will compete in the women’s monobob event. Meyers Taylor won the first two races of the season and currently leads in overall monobob points. Humphries claimed gold last weekend and finished second in the opening race, and she is ranked just behind Meyers Taylor in second. 


Humphries will race with Sylvia Hoffman (Arlington, Texas) in the two-woman competition on Sunday. Kaysha Love (Heriman, Utah) will make her third career World Cup appearance with Meyers Taylor. Meyers Taylor has earned seven World Cup medals in Winterberg to date, including gold in 2017. She also won the 2015 World Championship title in Winterberg in 2015. Humphries won the 2012 World Cup race, and claimed bronze in 2015 for two total World Cup medals in Winterberg.


Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) will team with Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.), Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) and Charlie Volker (Fair Haven, N.J.) in the first four-man bobsled race on Saturday. Williamson, Carlo Valdes (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Volker will team together in Church’s sled on Sunday. This will be Church’s second time racing in Winterberg. He finished eighth in both the two-man and four-man World Cup races in 2020.


Codie Bascue’s (Whitehall, N.Y.) four-man crew on Saturday will be Valdes, Jimmy Reed (Garmisch, Germany) and Hakeem Abdul Saboor (Powhatan, Va.). He’ll be teamed up with Blaine McConnell (Tacoma, Wash.), Reed and Abdul Saboor on Sunday. This will be Bascue’s fourth career World Cup race in Winterberg. His best four-man finish leading into this weekend was 10th in 2017.


For media inquiries, please contact USABS Marketing and Communications Director Amanda Bird at amanda.bird@usabs.com.


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