Koenigssee, Germany (Jan. 8, 2013)-Bobsled and skeleton World Cup action continues in Germany with the seventh race of the series in the Berchtesgaden Alps of Koenigssee. Koenigssee was the first artificially refrigerated track in the world and contains a complicated combination of corners called the “snake pit” that challenges drivers from all over the world.
The detailed schedule is as follows, with all times listed in local time and EST in parentheses:
Friday, Jan. 11
1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.) – Women’s bobsled race heat #1
3 p.m. (9 a.m.) – Women’s bobsled race heat #2
5:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m.)- Women’s skeleton race heat #1
6:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m.)- Women’s skeleton race heat #2
Saturday, Jan. 12
10 a.m. (4 a.m.)- Men’s skeleton race heat #1
11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.)- Men’s skeleton race heat #2
1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.)- Men’s two-man bobsled race heat #1
3 p.m. (9 a.m.)- Men’s two-man bobsled race heat #2
Sunday, Jan. 13
12:45 a.m. (6:45 a.m.)- Men’s four-man bobsled race heat #1
2:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m.)-Men’s four-man bobsled race heat #2
The U.S. bobsled team elected to train on the 2013 World Championship track in St. Moritz, Switzerland last weekend and has rejoined the World Cup circuit in Koenigssee. All three American pilots have medaled this season and hope to extend their success on Friday. USA-1 pilot Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) will race with national push champion Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.). Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) and Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) are hungry for the medals after earning their first career World Cup podium finish together in the final event in La Plagne, France before the holiday break. Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) launched the season with a medal performance on home ice in Lake Placid, N.Y. and are now eager to medal on foreign soil.
Women’s skeleton competitors Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) and Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) will be next to take to the ice on Friday. Uhlaender and Pikus-Pace rang in the New Year with medal performances in Altenberg, Germany last weekend and have a history of success on the Koenigssee course. Uhlaender was victorious in the 2008 World Cup race, while Pikus-Pace claimed bronze in 2007.