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Sledders take on St. Moritz ice

January 19, 2017
Lake Placid News

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland - For the first time in 2017, the IBSF World Cup tour will compete outside of Germany, as the Olympia Bobrun in St. Moritz, Switzerland - the only non-refrigerated iced track in the world - will host this weekend's races.

Team USA is coming off a weekend in Winterberg, Germany that saw six top-10 finishes in the five events, highlighted by Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones' gold and Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans' bronze medal performances in women's bobsled.

The event kicks off Friday with men's and women's skeleton, followed by women's bobsled and two-man bobsled on Saturday and four-man bobsled Sunday.

Meyers Taylor, who is currently ranked sixth on tour after medaling in all races except one, will team this week with Briauna Jones, who is competing in just her second World Cup race after taking seventh with Brittany Reinbolt in Whistler, Canada to open the season. Reinbolt, who is ranked 10th in the World Cup overall standings, will race with Lolo Jones, while the second-ranked Greubel Poser will team up with Lauren Gibbs in search of her fourth podium finish in five races.

On the men's side, Steven Holcomb, who led Team USA with a seventh place finish in four-man and a 10th place finish in two-man last weekend, will race with Carlo Valdes in two-man, while Sam McGuffie, Jimmy Reed and Sam Michener will make up his four-man team. Holcomb is currently the third ranked four-man pilot and the sixth ranked two-man pilot.

Codie Bascue, of Whitehall, will team up with Frank Del Duca in Del Duca's first two-man race of the season. Del Duca, Adrian Adams and Chris Kinney will race with Bascue, who sits in 11th overall in four-man and 12th overall in two-man, in the four-man competition. The 22-year-old Bascue is one of the top three junior athletes in the world in both events.

Justin Olsen and Austin Landis will team up for two-man, while Evan Weinstock and Lou Moreira round out Olsen's four-man team. In his first season as a pilot on the World Cup circuit, Olsen is 13th overall in two-man and 20th overall in four-man.

Consecutive top-10 finishes for Matt Antoine and Nathan Crumpton have set the tone for the men's skeleton team in 2017 thus far, and they will look to improve on their ninth and 10th place finishes from last weekend. This race is especially crucial for Antoine, who is currently ranked fifth and needs to make up just 14 points to break back into the top four. Crumpton, meanwhile, is ranked 12th overall while Kyle Tress is 16th after his 14th place finish last week.

Annie O'Shea is Team USA's top ranking women's skeleton athlete in 10th, while Kendall Wesenberg is 15th overall. Both will race this weekend in St. Moritz along with Katie Uhlaender, who competes in her third race of the season after missing the first half due to illness.

The World Cup events will be streamed in real time on NBC Sports Live, and live updates will be posted on USABS' official Twitter and Facebook accounts. Additionally, the North American Cup circuit competes in Lake Placid, this week and next, while the European Cup heads to Altenberg, Germany for its final weekend of competition.

 
 

 

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