WINTERBERG, Germany (Dec. 4, 2012)- After a one-week hiatus following the North American portion of the tour, the World Cup circuit will continue in Winterberg, Germany this week. Races will take place from Dec. 7-9, and will include the first team event of the season.
The detailed schedule is as follows, with all times listed in local time and EST in parentheses:
Friday, Dec. 7
10 a.m. (4 a.m.) – Women’s skeleton race heat #1
11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.) – Women’s skeleton race heat #2
2 p.m. (8 a.m.)- Men’s skeleton race heat #1
3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.)- Men’s skeleton race heat #2
Saturday, Dec. 8
9 a.m. (3 a.m.)- Women’s bobsled race heat #1
10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m.)- Women’s bobsled race heat #2
1 p.m. (7 a.m.)- Men’s two-man bobsled race heat #1
2:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m.)- Men’s two-man bobsled race heat #2
4:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m.)- Team event
Sunday, Dec. 9
10 a.m. (4 a.m.)- Men’s four-man bobsled race heat #1
11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.)-Men’s four-man bobsled race heat #2
Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.), Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah), Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.), John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) will represent the U.S. in the skeleton competitions on Friday. Uhlaender was victorious in the Park City, Utah World Cup, and Pikus-Pace just claimed gold and silver medals in the Whistler, British Columbia Intercontinental Cup races. The men’s team has been inching closer to the podium each week, and are expected to crack through the barrier and into medal position this week.
World Championship bronze medalists Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) will team together for the first time this season in the women’s bobsled race on Saturday. Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) is expected to produce blistering start times with reigning national push champion Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.). Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) was on the cusp on medaling three weeks ago after finishing fourth in Park City, and hopes to earn her first World Cup medal with seasoned veteran Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) in Winterberg.
Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) will again team with his dynamo push crew of Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) as USA-1. Holcomb has swept the two-man bobsled races this season, and will team with Tomasevicz this week in hopes of continuing his winning streak.
National Guardsman Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) found a rhythm with his four-man bobsled crew of Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.), Andreas Drbal (Belmont, Calif.) and Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah). The team has consistently matched push times of USA-1 and has emerged as the team to beat off the start block. Fellow Soldier-athlete Fogt will be Cunningham’s brakeman in the two-man bobsled race.
Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.) will team with Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas) on Saturday, while Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.), and Nic Taylor (Hayward, Calif.) will join the pair for Sunday’s four-man competition.
The Winterberg event also includes a team event on Saturday. Competitors in women’s bobsled, men’s two-man bobsled, women’s skeleton and men’s skeleton will take one run each, and the nation with the lowest combined time over the four heats will be declared the winner.
Check your local listings to watch coverage of the events on Universal Sports. You can also watch the World Cup events live by visiting the FIBT YouTube page, or via the Live + Digotel app on your mobile device.
The Intercontinental Cup, North American Cup and European Cup tours also continue racing this week. The Intercontinental Cup will event will take place in Park City, Utah from Dec. 7-8, while the North American Cup is back in Calgary with bobsled only races from Dec. 6-9. The European Cup is back in the French mountains in La Plagne, and athletes race from Dec. 5-9.