LAKE PLACID — After two weeks of intense selection races at Mount Van Hoevenberg, the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation is proud to announced the 2011-2012 national team on Saturday, Oct. 29.
In men’s bobsled, Olympic gold medalist Steven Holcomb will pilot USA I, while John Napier of Lake Placid has earned the reins of USA II. The pool of men’s bobsled push athletes includes Jesse Beckom, Chris Fogt, Steve Langton, Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn, Curt Tomasevicz and Laszlo Vandracsek.
Holcomb will pilot the Under Armour two-man sled and the BMW Night Train four-man sled. Napier has been allocated the Alamo two-man sled and the National Guard four-man sled. The men hope to gain enough points throughout the season to qualify a third team to compete at the 2012 World Championships.
The women’s bobsled pilots will be Bree Schaaf for USA I, Jazmine Fenlator for USA II and Elana Meyers for USA III. The pool of five women’s bobsled push athletes is a mix of rookie and veteran sliders, including Emily Azevedo, Katie Eberling, Ingrid Marcum, Brittany Reinbolt and Hillary Werth.
Schaaf will once again compete in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure sled. Fenlator will slide in a tribute sled to the FDNY and Meyers has been allocated the KOA sled.
The three women representing the skeleton World Cup team will be Katie Uhlaender of Breckenridge, Colo., Annie O’Shea of Port Jefferson Station and Kimber Gabryszak of Park City, Utah.
The three men who have earned a position on the World Cup circuit are John Daly (Smithtown), Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wis.) and Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.).
Rachelle Rasmussen , Savannah Graybill, Luke Schulz, Tom Santagato and Greg West will compete on the skeleton Intercontinental Cup tour.
The U.S. bobsled and skeleton seasons will open in Park City, Utah Nov. 9, before heading overseas to Ingls, Austria for the Europa Cup on Nov. 16. Lake Placid will host an America’s Cups on Dec. 1 and March 29 at the Olympic Sports Complex.
The World Championships will take place in Lake Placid on Feb. 17.