Bobsled World Cup tour resumes in Park City
PARK CITY, Utah — Following USA Bobsled & Skeleton’s five-medal performance in the World Cup season-opening races in Lake Placid last week, the tour moves to Park City, Utah, for its second leg.
Because last week’s four-man race in Lake Placid was canceled due to unseasonably warm weather and replaced with a second two-man competition, this week’s races will feature two four-man events.
Each American men’s pilot won at least one medal last week, led by 23-year-old Codie Bascue, of Whitehall, who took gold and bronze in the two races alongside Sam McGuffie and Carlo Valdes, respectively. McGuffie and Valdes will be in the back of Bascue’s four-man sled along with active Special Forces Green Beret Nate Weber, who will see the first World Cup action of his career this weekend.
Two-time Olympian Nick Cunningham turned in a silver-medal performance with 2012 track Olympian Ryan Bailey last weekend after the pair posted some of the strongest start times of the competitions. Bailey, former professional track athlete Chris Kinney and four-time national team member Sam Michener will push for Cunningham in the two four-man competitions.
Justin Olsen, who has an Olympic gold medal as a push athlete, won his first World Cup medal in the pilot’s seat last weekend, a bronze with former Brown University decathlete Evan Weinstock. Olsen and Weinstock also recorded strong start times in the two-man races, and will look to repeat the effort by teaming with two Olympic medalists in Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt.
Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs broke the Lake Placid start record last week en route to a silver-medal performance that led Team USA’s results on the women’s side. Gibbs will race this week with 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser, who missed a medal last week by just 0.01 seconds. Meyers Taylor will team with Summer and Winter Olympian Lolo Jones, while Brittany Reinbolt will pair with Aja Evans, who raced with Greubel Poser last week.
Led by 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine’s eighth-place finish last week, the American men’s skeleton athletes will look for their first podium finish of the season this weekend. Antoine will be joined by two-time Olympian John Daly and Greg West.
Katie Uhlaender took ninth last week to lead the women’s skeleton team, followed by Savannah Graybill in 11th and Kendall Wesenberg tied for 14th. All three will look to improve on their results this week.
The North American Cup circuit also continued this week with bobsled racing in Calgary, Canada from Wednesday through today, while the skeleton portion of the European Cup takes place in Winterberg, Germany today and Saturday.