USABS competes in first IBSF world cup this season

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — At the IBSF World Cup in Whistler, British Columbia, Team USA’s bobsled and skeleton teams ensured that its first World Cup of the season was memorable.

On Nov. 24, the competition began with a second-place finish for Hallie Clarke in women’s skeleton with a time of 1:47.58.

“It was a thrill being in my first World Cup race. Being on a track I know well and having support from our entire team was very motivating. It is a memory I will carry for a long time,” Clarke said in a statement.

Clarke’s teammates Kelly Curtis (1:48.68) and Kendall Wesenberg (1:49.60) took 11th and 15th place, respectively. On the men’s side, Austin Florian earned ninth place in 1:47.28, while 2022 Olympian Andrew Blaser was 14th in 1:48.39.

The following day in women’s monobob, Team USA’s Kaillie Humphries, a four-time Olympic medalist, earned third place with a time of 1:51.18. Humphries’ teammates Nicole Vogt (1:52.49) and Riley Compton (1:53.99) took sixth and eighth place, respectively.

In two-man bobsled, Team USA’s Frank Del Duca competed with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor in the first heat and Manteo Mitchell in the second heat, earning a 10th-place finish for a combined run time of 1:46.87.

On Nov. 26, Humphries and Emily Renna earned a third-place title for their 1:46.34 finish in two-women bobsled. Vogt and Jasmine Jones placed seventh with a time of 1:47.26. Team USA’s Compton and Macy Tarlton were disqualified after a crash on the first run.

In four-man bobsled, Del Duca, Mitchell, Abdul-Saboor and Adrian Adams took eighth place overall in 1:42.93.

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