Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup come to the Park

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The bobsled and skeleton 2009-2010 World Cup season will kick off in Park City, Utah from November 9-14th [at Utah Olympic Park] following two weeks of international training on the 2010 Olympic course in Whistler, British Columbia.

“The U.S. team is very fortunate to start the season off in North America where we expect to do quite well,” said USBSF CEO Darrin Steele. “The first World Cup event falls after successful training on the Olympic track in Whistler, which really established an important Olympic year mindset. Our athletes are focused and ready for what is sure to be a very competitive World Cup season, but they are taking nothing for granted.”

The women’s skeleton squad includes two-time World Cup Champion Katie Uhlaender(Breckenridge, Colo.), 2007 World Champion and hometown hero Noelle Pikus-Pace(Orem, Utah), and World Cup rookie Rebecca Sorensen (Fort Collins, Colo.).

The three men competing for the U.S. in skeleton include multi World Cup and World Championship medalist Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.), 2007 World Cup Champion and local athlete Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah), and newcomer John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.).

Utah native Shauna Rohbock (Park City, Utah) will pilot USA I in the women’s bobsled field and will be accompanied by drivers Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) and Bree Schaaf(Bremerton, Wash.). Local athlete Valerie Fleming (Park City, Utah) will be a part of the fleet of six women’s bobsled push athletes to slide during the week.

Come cheer on 2009 World Champion Steven Holcomb who hails from Park City, Utah as he navigates his home course, while Todd Hays (Del Rio, Texas) and John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will pilot USA II and III. Utah athletes Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) and Bill Schuffenhauer (Ogden, Utah) were named to the U.S. World Cup team last month and will vie for their chance to compete on their home track.

The schedule for the first World Cup event is as follows, with all times listed in MST (Admission is free):

Thursday, Nov. 12: Men’s Skeleton at 9 am, Women’s Skeleton at 1 pm

Friday, Nov. 13: Women’s Bobsled at 3:30 pm, Men’s Two-Man Bobsled at 7 pm

Saturday, Nov. 14: Men’s Four-Man Bobsled at 4 pm

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2 Responses to Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup come to the Park

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