Lake Placid Hosting FIBT International Bob-Skeleton School
“The Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and the Lake Placid Regional Winter Sports Commission have formed a partnership to encourage growth for winter sliding sports and those nations with under-developed programs,” said Olympic Sports Complex Venue Manager Tony Carlino.
The project was created one year ago by the FIBT, ORDA and the USBSF with strong support from the USOC and the Lake Placid Regional Winter Sports Commission
“We applaud the initiative to create a new mechanism of developing skilled bobsleigh and skeleton athletes,” said FIBT President Robert H. Storey. “We are appreciative of the efforts of all those involved in helping to support the Lake Placid program, especially the United States Olympic Committee and the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority. This program is a great start.”
As part of its new International Relations strategy, the USOC provided support through accommodations at its Lake Placid Olympic Training Center and assisted in the shipping of sleds from Calgary. In addition, the Lake Placid Regional Winter Sports Commission contributed to the program as primary sponsor.
“The Lake Placid Regional Winter Sports Commission is proud to be a sponsor of this groundbreaking event which is training the next generation of Olympic sliders,” said Sandy Treadwell, President of the Lake Placid Regional Winter Sports Commission. “In the coming years, these athletes and coaches will be our best ambassadors. They will not only know the excellence of our facilities but the warmth of a community that the world can call a home away from home.”
The sliding school includes international athletes from Great Britain, Turkey, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, New Zealand and the United States. The program is open to Olympians and up-and-coming competitors. Some of the athletes partaking are U.S. Olympians Pavle Javanovic and Brock Kreitzburg, world-class athletes who are in Lake Placid to learn to drive.
The program is a two-part invitational. The first is a school for new drivers and the second is to give developing athletes the chance to experience other tracks. Coaches from the seven different nations will be on hand to provide instruction and guidance.
“This program is not only a great opportunity for us to train with new developing programs, but also shows our commitment to international outreach,” said USBSF Development Coach Tuffy Latour. “We will be training with future Olympians. It gives us the opportunity as coaches and athletes to grow with these athletes and countries.”
The involved organizations have expressed strong interest in this sliding school becoming a yearly event.
“This is a great opportunity for development. Hopefully more nations will come and compete as a result of this school,” said Joe Kilburn, FIBT’s Coaches Coordinator. The public is welcome to view the bobsled and skeleton races that will be held at the end of the sliding school. Skeleton will have two races on Wednesday, March 28 at 10am and 4:30pm. Bobsled will have two races on Thursday March 29. The first two-man and women’s races will begin at 10am and the second at 4:30pm.