The eighth and final stop of the 2018-2019 World Cup season will take place this Friday through Sunday on the 1988 Olympic track in Calgary. This may be the last time Calgary hosts a sliding event; the track is facing closure due to a lack of funding for a needed renovation. The refrigeration system will be decommissioned on March 3.
Calgary will serve a double dose of skeleton this weekend by hosting the make-up for Koenigssee, Germany, where the jury was forced to cancel the skeleton competitions due to heavy snow.
The schedule is as follows, with times listed in local MST time and EST in parenthesis:
Friday, Feb. 22
2:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m.): Women's skeleton race #1
3:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m.): Men's skeleton race #1
Saturday, Feb. 23
9 a.m. (11 a.m.): Women's skeleton race #2
12:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m.): Women's bobsled race
1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.): Men's two-man bobsled race
Sunday, Feb. 24
8:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m.) Men's skeleton race #2
1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.): Four-man bobsled race
The Olympic Channel will broadcast and stream the events live, while NBCSN will offer same day delay coverage of women's bobsled and four-man bobsled. Check local listings for broadcast times.
Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) and Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.) will once again set the pace for Team USA in the women's skeleton event on Friday morning, while Kyle Brown (Concord, N.H.), Austin Florian (Southington, Conn.) and Greg West (Springfield, Mo.) will immediately follow in the men's skeleton competition.
In women's bobsled, Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.), Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) and Nicole Vogt (Dallas, Texas) will pilot the three U.S. sleds. Brakeman pairings will be decided later today after weights are checked a final time.
In men's bobsled, Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) will sit out this week to rest an injury sustained earlier this season in preparation for World Championships.Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) and Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) will pilot the three men's sleds. In the two-man race, Olsen will compete with Christopher Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.), Church is paired with Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) and Gadbois is expected to compete with Adrian Adams (Reidsville, N.C.). Sunday's four-man combinations have not yet been announced.
About USA Bobsled & Skeleton: USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS), based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, BiPro, Boomerang Carnets, Hudl, Tesa Tape, PVS International, Ferris Mfg. Corp, Machintek, deBotech and Carpenter. For more information, please visit the USABS website at www.usabs.com.