World Cup bobsled/skeleton tour stops in Igls
IGLS, Austria — The fifth stop of the bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour will take place in Igls, Austria starting Friday through the weekend.
Andrew Blaser (Meridian, Idaho), Austin Florian (Southington, Connecticut) and Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, Massachusetts) will kick off the Igls event in the men’s skeleton race Friday morning, followed by Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pennsylvania), Megan Henry (Roxbury, Connecticut) and Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, California) in Friday afternoon’s women’s skeleton race. This is the first time racing in Igls for Blaser, the fourth for Florian, and the sixth for Ivanov. Graybill has the most experience of any U.S. skeleton athlete on the roster in Igls. This will be her 14th competition on the Austrian track. It will be the ninth race for Henry in Igls, and the eighth for Wesenberg.
In women’s bobsled, Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, California will team with Sylvia Hoffman (Arlington, Texas) for the first time. The last time Humphries raced in Igls was in 2017, when she finished fourth. The two-time Olympic champion has claimed three World Cup medals in Austria over the years, and the 2016 World Championship silver medal. Humphries also won the women’s four-man bobsled exhibition race in 2016. Hoffman was a participant in season 2 of “The Next Olympic Hopeful,” and she excelled as a rookie last season.
Hunter Church (Cadyville) once again learned another new track this week. The 23-year-old will race with season 1 winner of “The Next Olympic Hopeful” Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Florida) in two-man on Saturday. Jimmy Reed (Garmisch, Germany) and Kris Horn (Pembroke, Massachusetts) will join Williamson as Church’s four-man push crew on Sunday.
NBC Sports and Olympic Channel will have broadcast and digital streaming coverage of the IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup in Igls from Jan. 17-19. Fans can catch all the action via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app. Additional coverage will be available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.