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Cohen slides to Switzerland

Lake Placid bobsledder Maddy Cohen stands on the podium at Mount Van Hoevenberg following her third-place finish in a women’s monobob race in November. (Photo provided)

(Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled Maddy Cohen’s last name. The Enterprise regrets the error.)

LAKE PLACID — Maddy Cohen is heading to Switzerland.

The Lake Placid High School student will compete in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in the sport of bobsled. The games take place Jan. 9 to 22 in Laussane, Switzerland, and Cohen will be one of nearly 1,900 young athletes battling it out for medals in 15 different winter sports.

Cohen earned her trip to the games by finishing third in the young women’s world standings during the monobob (one-person bobsled) season, which began Oct. 23 and included eight races.

Cohen competed on tracks in Lillehammer, Norway, Park City, Utah, and her home track on Lake Placid’s Mount Van Hoevenberg. She missed the other races, held on the run in Konigssee, Germany.

Lake Placid’s Maddy Cohen pushes her monobob down the start ramp during a women’s race at Mount Van Hoevenberg in November. (Photo provided)

Viktoria Cernaska of Slovakia finished first in the rankings. France’s Camilia Copain placed second, and Cohan rounded out the top three in an international field of 20 competitors.

Cohen had a rocky start to the season in Norway with two 17th-place results, but came back strong in Lake Placid with two second places, and again in Park City with two third places.

This is her first season doing monobob, and she has participated in the junior bobsled program at Mount Van Hoevenberg since the beginning of last year.

She is the only girl on Team USA. There are two boys in monobob — Blair Daugherty and Bridger Stone; however, only Stone qualified for the Youth Olympics.

Lake Placid’s Maddy Cohen (Photo provided)