Winterberg to host first World Cup of 2020

WINTERBERG, Germany (Jan. 2, 2020)– Bobsled and skeleton athletes from around the world rang in the New Year in unusually sunny Winterberg, Germany while preparing for the third World Cup event of the season.

This weekend will feature skeleton races for the women and men, a women’s bobsled competition, and double four-man bobsled races. The detailed schedule is as follows, with all times listed in local time:

Friday, Jan. 3
2:30 p.m.: Four-man bobsled heat #1
4 p.m.: Four-man bobsled heat #2

Saturday, Jan. 4
10 a.m.: Women’s bobsled heat #1
11:45 a.m.: Women’s bobsled heat #2
1:40 p.m.: Four-man bobsled heat #1
3:10 p.m.: Four-man bobsled heat #2

Sunday, Jan. 5
10 a.m.: Men’s skeleton heat #1
11:30 a.m.: Men’s skeleton heat #2
2 p.m.: Women’s skeleton heat #1
3:30 p.m.: Women’s skeleton heat #2

NBC Sports and Olympic Channel will have broadcast and digital streaming coverage of the IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup in Winterberg from Friday, Jan. 3 to Sunday, Jan. 5. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app, which is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Additional coverage will be available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. Learn more at https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/events/detail/2020-ibsf-world-cup-winterberg/.

The U.S. will field one sled in the both the women’s and men’s bobsled races. Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) earned his spot as the solo men’s pilot on tour after completing the first two races as the top ranked American driver with 688 combined points. He is currently ranked fifth overall, followed by his teammate Codie Bascue in sixth with 672 points. Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.), Jimmy Reed (Garmisch, Germany), Kyle Wilcox (Tampa, Fla.) and Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.) were selected as the four push athletes to travel to Europe.

In women’s bobsled, Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) claimed double gold medals in the first two races of the season, and the duo will team together again Saturday in an effort to continue their winning streak.

Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.), Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn.) and Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) will represent Team USA in the women’s skeleton competition, while Andrew Blaser (Meridian, Idaho), Austin Florian (Southington, Conn.) and Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, Mass.) will compete in the men’s race.

Please contact USABS Marketing & Communications Director Amanda Bird at 518-354-2250, or amanda.bird@usabs.com, with media inquiries.

About USA Bobsled & Skeleton
USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS), based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, Omaze, Kampgrounds of America, BiPro, Boomerang Carnets, Hudl, Tesa Tape, PVS International, Ferris Mfg. Corp, Machintek, deBotech and Carpenter. For more information, please visit the USABS website at www.usabs.com.

Soruce: Team USA

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