From Lake Placid, USA
(Nov. 22, 2020) – USA Bobsled/Skeleton has held its team trials for men’s and women’s skeleton, as well as men’s and women’s bobsled, and while the men still have four-man races to go, the rest of the teams have been filled out.
For men’s skeleton, John Daly has made a return to the ice in fashion, winning both selection races to secure the position of USA-1. Austin Florian will join him as the second World Cup slider. However, since Daly has been out of action for a couple of years in retirement, he will need to complete the “5-3-2” rule of five races on three tracks within two years of World Cup action, meaning he will have to get some lower-circuit races in before he can make the jump to World Cup.
For women’s skeleton, Megan Henry won both selection races and will go into the second half of the World Cup schedule as the top American slider. She’ll be joined on tour by Katie Uhlaneder and Kendall Wesenberg.
Savannah Graybill will lead the team on the Intercontinental Cup tour, joined by Sara Roderick and Kelly Curtis.
For women’s bobsled, the qualification races were tight, with Elana Meyers Taylor coming back from maternity leave by winning the first race by .05 over Kaillie Humphries. Humphries edged Meyers Taylor out in the second race by .01. Both women will race on the World Cup tour after the new year, joined by Nicole Vogt, who will be designated USA-3 behind the two World Champions.
On brakes for the women will be one of the team’s most talented push rosters in recent memory. Olympic silver medalist and defending World Champion Lauren Gibbs will be joined by Nicole Brungardt, Colleen Fotsch, Sylvia Hoffman, Lolo Jones, Lake Kwaza, and Emily Renna.
The men’s team will be announced after the conclusion of four-man bobsled races in a few weeks.