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U.S. bobsled, skeleton seeks new athletes

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled and Skeleton is looking for new athletes who are interested in trying out for the sports in the hope of someday competing in the Olympic Winter Games.

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation posted a press release on its website May 18 promoting the U.S. organization’s recruitment, saying that there will be combine test events at different locations this summer.

Athletes have traditionally been recruited from a variety of sports, especially track and field since speed is an important component for starts in bobsled and skeleton. 

“Here’s your chance to take your skills from the running track or from the fields and bring it to the ice,” states the recruitment page on ithe USABS website. “Skills learned while competing in various sports, combined with a dedication to be a team player, can easily transition you to the ice.”

Athletes interested in trying out must first fill out an application/resume on the USABS website: www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation/Join-the-team/Athlete-Resume.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, combine test dates and locations have not yet been determined for this summer. They were originally scheduled for four locations: Lake Placid; Park City, Utah; Chula Vista, California; and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The USABS combine includes sprints, a broad jump and shot toss (12-pounders for women and 16-pounders for men).

Additional testing takes place at invite-only National Team camps, where athletes will be asked to do one to three repetitions at maximum weight in the power clean and back squat. Additional Olympic lifts may be tested as well.

For more information, contact recruiting@usabs.com or visit the recruitment page at www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation.