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World Cup transitions to North America
WHISTLER, Canada (Jan. 30, 2012)–After a one-week hiatus to transition from Europe to North America, World Cup racing resumes in Whistler, Canada for the seventh event of the season.
Competition begins at 3 pm local time on Thursday with the women’s skeleton competition, followed by women’s bobsled at 6:30 pm. Men’s skeleton competitors race at 3 pm on Friday, and the men’s two-man bobsled event takes place at 6:30 pm. The Whistler World Cup will wrap up at 4 pm on Sunday with the four-man bobsled race.
Many U.S. athletes will get their chance to compete on the 2010 Olympic track for the first time. Bobsled pilots Steven Holcomb, John Napier, Elana Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator decided to forego the final two World Cup races to gain valuable training time on the 2012 World Championship track in Lake Placid, N.Y. Women’s bobsled pilot Bree Schaaf will continue on the World Cup circuit alongside rookie drivers Jamie Greubel and Megan Hill. Men’s pilots Cory Butner and Nick Cunningham will be gunning for the podium in an attempt to qualify a third U.S. sled at World Championships.
Intercontinental Cup athletes Greg West and Rachelle Rasmussen will join world Cup skeleton athletes Matt Antoine, Kyle Tress, Annie O’Shea and Kimber Gabryszak in Whistler. Meanwhile, John Daly and Katie Uhlaender will compete with Luke Schulz, Tom Santagato and Savannah Graybill in the Calgary, Canada Intercontinental Cup races Friday and Saturday.
About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, United States National Guard, Kampgrounds of America, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Vivat!, Global Forwarding, KBC Helmets, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, EDAS/Ripxx, UberSense, Tesa Tape and Ferris Mfg. Corp. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.