Back in the saddle again
Americans on podium during Para Sport World Cup in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID — After two days of competition, Spanish bobsledder Israel Blanco took home the gold medal — with a time of 2:03.30 — in the race on Sunday, Nov. 20 during the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s Para Sport World Cup at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Silver and bronze went to U.S. bobsledders Guillermo ‘Will” Castillo (2:03.68) and Robert Balk (2:03.99), respectively.
U.S. teammates Austin Parker and David Christopher took 12th and 13th places, respectively.
On Saturday — the first day of competition — Castillo placed first, Balk was fourth, Parker was 11th and Christopher was 13th.
After two days of women’s monobob competition on Nov. 18 and 19 during the North American Cup at Park City, Utah, three U.S. athletes finished in the top 10: Lauren Brzozowski, fourth; Sylvia Hoffman, fifth; and Kaysha Love, sixth. On the podium were Viktoria Cernanska, of Slovakia, gold; and Canadians Eden Wilson, silver, and Mackenzie Stewart, bronze.
In North American Cup two-man bobsled action, Americans Geoffrey Gadbois and Darius Joseph took home a silver medal after two days of racing. Jinsu Kim and Kyungyeon Lee, of South Korea, took the gold, and Pat Norton and Mathieu Gosselin, of Canada, took the bronze.
Also for the U.S., Kristopher Horn and Paul Rabic were sixth, Zachery Snyder and Charles Mangold were eighth, and Derek White and Chase Blueberg were disqualified.
North American Cup sliding continues in Park City this week with men’s and women’s skeleton, four-man bobsled and two-women bobsled.
The first stop for the North American Cup was in Whistler, British Columbia, on Nov. 9-13, and the tour finishes in Lake Placid on Dec. 1-4.
The IBSF World Cup tour makes three stops in North America before heading to Europe after the holidays: Whistler from Nov. 24 to 26; Park City from Dec. 1 to 3; and Lake Placid from Dec. 16 to 18.
All results were provided by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s website.