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Lake Placid, N.Y. --- The 2009-10 FIBT World Cup bobsled and skeleton season gets underway this week in Park City, Utah, less than two weeks before the world's best bobsledders and skeleton athletes take to the Olympic Sports Complex track in Lake Placid, N.Y., the second stop of the seven-race tour. While in Lake Placid, the U.S. squad will try to match the same success it enjoyed last season when driver Steve Holcomb helped lead the team to four world championship medals on the 1,455-meter long course. The "Night Train" stood on three medal podiums, winning bronze in the two-man man race, bronze in the team competition and gold in the four-man event.  That victory allowed him to become the first American pilot to claim a World title in 50 years. Fellow American Shauna Robuck is also looking forward to being back in Lake Placid.  Last season, the 32-year-old won a pair of world championship medals, piloting her sled to silver in the women's two-man event, before helping the squad nab bronze in the team competition. The U.S. skeleton team should be just as strong.  The women's line up is led by two-time World Cup Champion Katie Uhlaender and 2007 World Champion Noelle Pikus-Pace, while Zach Lund, the 2007 World Champion, and Eric Bernotas, a winner of several World Championship and World Cup medals during his career, headline the men's roster. Other sleds to watch include German Andre Lange, who won the four-man silver medal, and Latvia's Janis Minins, the 2009 four-man World Championship bronze medalist.  Other athletes to keep an eye out for include Switzerland's Gregor Staehli, the reigning men's skeleton World Champion, and Germany's Marion Trott, the defending women's skeleton World Champion. Racing begins Friday, Nov. 20, at 9:30 a.m. with the women's skeleton event, followed by the men's skeleton race at 1 p.m.  The men's two-man bobsled race is slated for Saturday, Nov. 21, also beginning at 9:30 a.m., while the women's two-man bobsled race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.  Both the four-man bobsled race and the team competition are set for Sunday, Nov. 22.  The four-man race begins at 9:30 a.m. and the team event caps off the three days of racing at 1 p.m. Daily Tickets are available for $8.00 for adults and $6.00 juniors and senior citizens.  Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item for the Lake Placid Ecumenical food pantry will receive free entry. For tickets call the Olympic Sports Complex at 518-523-4436 or pick them up at the gate on event days.  For more information on the Nov. 20-22 FIBT World Cup bobsled and skeleton race in Lake Placid, log on to http://www.whiteface.com/.



Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic ice and jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.   CONTACT:    Jon Lundin (jlundin@orda.org) at (518) 523-1655 ext. 213