Push championships set for Monday in Alberta

ALBERTA, Calgary — Twenty-five athletes are scheduled to compete in the USA Skeleton National Push Championships on Monday at Calgary’s Indoor Ice House.

Unlike bobsled, USA Skeleton National Push Championships are not mandatory for athletes and cannot negatively impact an athlete’s selection to the national team. Regardless, many of the nation’s top athletes are set to compete, including eight members of last season’s national team.

On the men’s side, two-time Olympian John Daly, who raced on every circuit last season in the midst of coming back from a two-year hiatus from the sport, will compete. Before his retirement from the sport, Daly, of Smithtown, New York, won the 2012 USA Skeleton National Push Championships.

Last year’s push champion Dakarai Kongela, Squamish, Washington, in his second year of skeleton after transitioning from bobsled, will look to defend his title Monday.

For the women, World Cup athletes Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, New York) and Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, California) are slated to compete against a strong field that includes last year’s runner-up and third-place finisher in Kristen Hurley (Columbia, Connecticut) and Veronica Day (Vienna, Virginia), respectively.

The competition is set to begin Monday at 7 p.m. For updates, follow USA Bobsled & Skeleton on Twitter @USBSF and on Facebook by searching “USA Bobsled & Skeleton.”