2012 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships return to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. --- Fast... challenging... demanding... technical. Ask any bobsled or skeleton athlete to describe the combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, in Lake Placid, N.Y., and you will often hear these words. Others simply say that it's "the perfect test to crown a world champion." Well, that's exactly what will happen when the 20-curve, 1,455- meter long track plays host to the 2012 FIBT World Championships, Feb. 13-26.

"We're excited to have these athletes and the world championships back in Lake Placid," remarked New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) chairman Pat Barrett. "This race is not only a crowning achievement for the athletes, but also one for the track, staff and region, as we continue to showcase this facility as one of the best in the world, one that these athletes want to compete on year after year."

In 1949, Lake Placid became the first village outside of Europe to host a world championship event. Since then, the two-time Olympic host has staged eight world championship races, most recently in 2009, when Steve Holcomb (Park City, Utah) piloted his four-man sled to victory, claiming the United States' first four-man crown since 1959.

"Our team is excited to be competing on our home soil for 2012 world championships, and we hope our fans are too," added United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) CEO Darrin Steele. "There should be a lot to cheer about as our athletes take to the ice to claim the world title in our backyard.
"Lake Placid always hosts a wonderful event, and we couldn't be happier about coming home at the end of the season."

This winter's world championship is coming to Lake Placid one year sooner than expected. Lake Placid was originally awarded the 2013 Worlds, during the 2009 FIBT Congress, but switched races with St. Moritz, Switzerland, which was scheduled to host the 2012 event.

Training for the FIBT World Championships begins on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Racing begins Friday, Feb. 17, with the first two of four runs of the women's bobsled race. Runs three and four are slated for Saturday, Feb. 18, along with t he first two runs of the men's two-man bobsled race. The two man race concluded Sunday, Feb. 19, with heats three and four.

The men's and women's skeleton events are slated for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 and 24, while the four-man race highlights Saturday and Sunday's, Feb. 25 and 26, race schedules. Runs one and two are slated for Saturday and the final two runs are scheduled for Sunday.

For more information on the 2012 FIBT World Championships, log onto www.fibt.com.

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Contact: Jon Lundin, public relations coordinator, ORDA
518.523.1655 x 213

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