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US sledders stay in Germany, look to build on last week

January 12, 2017
Lake Placid News

WINTERBERG, Germany - After navigating the tricky Altenberg track last weekend, USA Bobsled and Skeleton athletes head to Winterberg, Germany for the second German track on tour. The team looks to build on its performance in Altenberg that saw seven top-10 finishes and was highlighted by a silver medal in women's bobsled from Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones.

Jones and the sixth-ranked Meyers Taylor will team up again in the women's race, while Jamie Greubel Poser, who took fifth in Altenberg and is currently ranked second overall on tour, will race again with Aja Evans. Greubel Poser has medaled twice in three races, and will be looking to get back onto the podium.

Brittany Reinbolt, a rookie pilot on the World Cup tour this season, missed the Altenberg races to get extra training in Winterberg. The Arkansas native is the ninth-ranked pilot on tour and will be racing with Lauren Gibbs after her season-best fourth-place finish in Lake Placid.

Steven Holcomb, who is currently ranked fourth overall in two-man and third in four-man, once again led the men's bobsled team in Altenberg, finishing eighth and ninth in two-man and four-man, respectively. Sam McGuffie, with whom Holcomb won gold in the Lake Placid two-man event, will push for him in Winterberg's two-man, while Carlo Valdes, Jimmy Reed and Sam Michener will make up Holcomb's four-man squad.

After 15th and 17th place finishes in Altenberg, Codie Bascue, of Whitehall, will look to get back on track with Adrian Adams in two-man, while Frank Del Duca and Chris Kinney will join Adams and Bascue in four-man. Bascue is currently ranked 10th overall in both disciplines.

Justin Olsen traveled with Reinbolt to Winterberg to begin 2017 and has also had an extra week of training there. Olsen is currently ranked 14th in two-man and 21st in four-man, largely because he has not had as many opportunities to earn points as Holcomb and Bascue. Olsen will race with Evan Weinstock in two-man and team with Weinstock, Lou Moreira and Austin Landis in four-man.

In Altenberg, Annie O'Shea posted her third top-10 finish in three races this season and will look to get onto the podium for the first time this season. O'Shea is currently ranked ninth overall, while Kendall Wesenberg is a few spots back at 15th in her second year on the World Cup tour. Wesenberg and Katie Uhlaender, who made her season debut with a 12th place finish last week, will both race in Winterberg.

Last week's ninth-place finish in Altenberg knocked Matt Antoine back from second to third in the overall standings, but he will look to respond with his third podium finish this season in Winterberg after medaling in Lake Placid and Whistler, Canada. Nathan Crumpton recorded his best finish of the season in Altenberg in 10th and is currently ranked 12th overall, while Kyle Tress sits in 21st.

There will be plenty of other bobsled and skeleton action this week as well, as the Intercontinental Cup races in Calgary, Canada on Jan. 12 and 13 and the European Cup wraps its four-man competition today in Park City before heading to Lake Placid.

 
 

 

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