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Bobsled, skeleton get look at worlds track

January 26, 2017
Lake Placid News

KOENIGSSEE, Germany - The World Cup tour is set to make two stops in Koenigssee, Germany this season, the first of which will come this weekend with the second-to-last World Cup competition before world championships in Koenigssee.

Coming off a four medal weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Team USA will look to carry its momentum into the tricky South German track.

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

Fourth-ranked Elana Meyers Taylor will seek her third straight gold medal with brakeman Kehri Jones, who pushed Meyers Taylor to the top of the podium in Winterberg, Germany two weeks ago.

Jamie Greubel Poser currently sits in second in the overall standings, and will race with Aja Evans. Greubel Poser has collected four medals in five races this season.

Meanwhile, Brittany Reinbolt, who ranks ninth overall, will look to improve on last week's 14th-place finish. Reinbolt's push athlete is yet to be determined and will be announced on the USABS website prior to this weekend's race.

In the two-man event, Steven Holcomb will look to repeat his podium performance from last week and will race once again with Carlo Valdes. Codie Bascue, of Whitehall, will team with Sam McGuffie and Justin Olsen with Evan Weinstock. In two-man, Holcomb is ranked third, Olsen 16th and Bascue 17th.

Holcomb will race with Valdes, Jimmy Reed and either McGuffie or Sam Michener in four-man. Bascue will compete with Christopher Kinney, Adrian Adams and either McGuffie or Michener, depending on who is chosen for Holcomb's crew. Olsen's push team will once again be Austin Landis, Weinstock and Lou Moreira. In four-man, Holcomb is ranked fourth, Bascue 13th and Olsen 19th.

In addition to coverage on NBCSports.com/live, the four-man race will be featured on NBCsn at 4:30 p.m. EST on Sunday.

The American skeleton lineups remain the same as last week as well. Coming off her first-career World Cup medal, Kendall Wesenberg will race alongside teammates Annie O'Shea and Katie Uhlaender in the women's competition. Wesenberg's silver last week bumped her up to 12th in the overall rankings, while O'Shea ranks 10th and Uhlaender 20th after missing the first half of the season.

For the men, seventh-ranked Matt Antoine, 12th-ranked Nathan Crumpton and 17th-ranked Kyle Tress will represent Team USA.

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.

The North American Cup circuit finishes its four-man competition in Lake Placid, this week, while the Intercontinental Cup also races at Mount Van Hoevenberg today and Friday.

 
 

 

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