LAKE PLACID - Bobsled and skeleton athletes from around the world are in Lake Placid this week for the first World Cup races of the season.
The competition takes place at Mount Van Hoevenberg from Thursday until Saturday, and kicks off with women and men's skeleton races on Thursday.
In skeleton, the U.S. will be represented by reigning women's world champion Katie Uhlaender and veteran Kimber Gabryszak. The men sliders will be Matt Antoine, John Daly and Kyle Tress.
Olympic gold medalist Steve Holcomb pushes his “Night Train” sled after a training run at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Tuesday. Training resumes today, with skeleton competition starting Thursday followed by bobsled on Friday.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
In bobsled, the U.S. men will be led by the "Night Train" team consisting of driver Steven Holcomb and his push team of Steve Langton, Justin Olsen and Curt Tomasevicz. The team won gold in Vancouver and took the top spot in the World Championships at Lake Placid last winter. Holcomb and Langton also won the U.S.'s first-ever, two-man title last season.
Soldier-athlete Nick Cunningham will pilot the National Guard two-man sled and the Widia four-man sled. It's undecided if Adam Clark or rookie Andreas Drbal will push for Cunningham on Friday, but both athletes will compete in Saturday's four-man contest. Johnny Quinn and Chris Fogt are candidates for USA-2's brakeman position in the four-man race.
Cory Butner and Chuck Berkeley will race together in the Autism Speaks USA-3 two-man sled. Laszlo Vandracsek will join the pair in the Sliding2Sochi four-man sled, and the brakeman position will be decided during training between Quinn, Fogt or Nic Taylor.
World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton Schedule
At Mount Van Hoevenberg,
9 a.m. - Women's skeleton Heat #1
10:30 a.m. - Women's skeleton Heat #2
1 p.m.- Men's skeleton Heat #1
2:30 p.m. - Men's skeleton Heat #2
9 a.m. - Women's bobsled Heat #1
10 a.m. - Men's skeleton Heat #3
10:45 a.m. - Women's Bobsled Heat #2
1 p.m.- Two-man bobsled Heat #1
2:15 p.m. - Women's skeleton Heat #3
3 p.m. Two-man bobsled Heat #2
9 a.m. - Four-man Bobsled Heat #1
10:30 a.m. - Four-man bobsled Heat #2
Women's bobsled USA-1 pilot Elana Meyers will team with Olympic gold medal sprinter Tianna Madison in an attempt to better her 2012 World Championship bronze medal performance in the KOA sled. Jamie Greubel and rookie standout Aja Evans shattered the Lake Placid track start record in team selection races and will be a threatening duo this weekend in the USA-2 Susan G. Komen for the Cure sled.
Jazmine Fenlator and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones had strong results together in the first national seeding race and will pair together again in the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Foundation sled for the first World Cup race of the season.