Snow cancels World Cup skeleton races in Germany

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — The bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour will mark the halfway point of the season with its fourth stop in Koenigssee, Germany. Koenigssee is the first permanent artificially refrigerated sliding track in the world, and the course will celebrate 50 years as an artificial track this year.

Heavy snow forced the cancellation of Friday’s scheduled men’s and women’s World Cup skeleton races in Germany.

There was no immediate decision on when or how to reschedule the races.

Snow has been falling in Koenigssee for several days, and also had an adverse effect on World Cup luge races there last weekend. They were measuring snow in meters — not inches or even feet — at the track this week. Parts of Germany have been experiencing avalanches and massive traffic problems.

World Cup bobsled races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Koenigssee remain on as scheduled. However, race officials were continually monitoring conditions. More snow is in the weekend forecast, with another 4 to 8 inches expected.

The Olympic Channel and NBCSN will broadcast the Koenigssee event with some live and same day delay coverage. NBCSports.com and OlympicChannel.com will also provide live streaming of the events.

In women’s bobsled, Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Georgia) will once again race with Lake Kwaza (Sycamore, Illinois) in the BMW sled. The pairing has already claimed two medals in the two races they’ve teamed together in, earning bronze medals in Winterberg and Altenberg, Germany. Brittany Reinbolt will race with Olympic silver medal push athlete Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles) in the KOA-branded BMW-made sled.

In men’s bobsled, Codie Bascue (Whitehall) is scheduled to race with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Virginia) on Saturday in the two-man race in the BMW sled. Bascue and Abdul-Saboor are expected to be joined by Jimmy Reed (Garmisch, Germany) and Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Florida) in Sunday’s four-man competition.

Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) is scheduled to race with Blaine McConnell (Tacoma, Washington) in the Lake Placid 2021 World Championship wrapped BMW sled in Saturday’s two-man race. Olsen’s four-man team is expected to be McConnell, Adrian Adams and Kyle Wilcox.