New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that Lake Placid will host the 2021 International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Championships. The announcement came after Lake Placid was selected at the IBSF Congress in Park City, Utah. In a June 28 vote, Lake Placid beat out St. Moritz, Switzerland for the right to host the competition.
"Lake Placid and St. Moritz are both terrific destinations for the IBSF World Championships, and I'm excited that Lake Placid gets to demonstrate that once again in 2021," USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele said. "It is always a thrill to be able to compete at home and the team could not be more excited."
The news is especially momentous for Team USA because the World Championships will take place during the season leading up to the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. World Championships are the most important and largest bobsled and skeleton competition outside of the Games.
Lake Placid has previously hosted 10 bobsled and skeleton World Championships, most recently in 2012, when Team USA collected four medals, including three golds, in five events.
"The many sporting events we host are very exciting, particularly these diversified multi-sport events," Michael Pratt, CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), which manages the Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled and skeleton track, said. "The bobsled and skeleton World Championships are a Lake Placid favorite and the crew at Mt. Van Hoevenberg is thrilled to again host the best in the world."
About USA Bobsled & Skeleton: USA Bobsled & Skeleton, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Thorne, Boomerang Carnets, Classroom Champions, Aspen Institute's Project Play, Tesa Tape, Hudl Technique, Ferris Mfg. Corp, Stress Engineering, Machintek, deBotech, Carpenter and PVS International. For more information, please visit the USABS website at www.usabs.com.