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Para worlds coming to Lake Placid
August 2, 2018

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LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid has been awarded next year's Para-Bobsleigh World Championships to be held at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex bobsled/ luge/skeleton track, according to a press release by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority and USA Bobsled & Skeleton. The decision was finalized during the recently concluded International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation's annual Congress, held in Rome, Italy.

"We've been proud to say, over the years, that Lake Placid has been the training ground to many of the United States' para bobsled and skeleton athletes," ORDA president/CEO Mike Pratt said. "Last year we were extremely excited to host the only para World Cup race in the United States and we are overjoyed to be chosen to hold this event."

Last winter, the sport of para bobsleigh held its first-ever World Championship race in Lillehammer, Norway, and 19 athletes from 12 nations competed. The sport is expected to make its Paralympic debut in 2022, in Beijing, China.

"The IBSF is making history with the expansion of para-sliding, so it's only fitting that one of the most historic tracks in the world hosts these great athletes at the Para World Championships," USABS's president/CEO Darrin Steele said. "The USABS could not be more excited."

The 2019 world championship athletes begin arriving for training March 25, with racing slated for March 30-31.

This race comes on the heels of the 1-mile long track hosting the return of the IBSF BMW World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton race, Feb. 15-16. Last winter, leading up to February's Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, 190 athletes from 23 nations descended upon the famed Mount Van Hoevenberg course.

February's World Cup action will feature racing in men and women's skeleton, women's bobsled and two and four-man bobsled.

"We are excited that the Lake Placid track remains an annual stop on the World Cup tour," noted Steele. "Traditionally, the U.S. team performs well on its 'home track,' and even though the next Games are four years out, it's never too early to begin building momentum and confidence."

The track's general manager Tony Carlino added, "We'll be ready. It's going to be another busy winter season for the track, but the staff is always excited to see bobsled and skeleton racing return."

Along with the United States bobsled and skeleton teams, fans can expect to see bobsled and skeleton athletes from other worldwide powers such as Austria, Canada, Latvia, Germany and Great Britain. China should also be represented as that nation looks forward to hosting the 2022 Winter Games.

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