Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup comes to Park City
Fresh off a three-gold-medal weekend in Lake Placid, New York, the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Team rolls into Park City this week for another slate of World Cup competitions on American soil.
On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16, the world’s top bobsled and skeleton athletes will compete at the Utah Olympic Park. Friday’s schedule features women’s bobsleigh and four-man bobsleigh competitions. Saturday’s schedule begins with men’s and women’s skeleton contests and ends with a second four-man bobsleigh event.
During the Friday and Saturday evening four-man bobsleigh events, which begin at 6 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, the Utah Olympic Park will host a World Cup festival.
"It’ll feature live music by Motherlode Band on Friday and Changing Lanes on Saturday," UOP Marketing Manager Melanie Welch said. "We’ll have food trucks including Marley’s Sliders and Smokestream BBQ. In addition to the food and beverages, we’ll offer free family activities. The Canyons and Adventure ropes courses are free, as is the drop tower, weather permitting. We’ll also have crafts inside the tents."
The festival will run from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 5-8 p.m. Saturday in the lower loop of the sliding track.
During the weekend’s competitions, Welch said there will be plenty of viewing spots for spectators.
"The track is in tip-top shape," she said. "For guests who haven’t seen a race with the shades open, it’s quite a sight. They’re going to try to have as many shades open as possible this weekend. You can watch from the middle and basically see it the whole way down."
Welch encourages Parkites to come support Park City native Steven Holcomb and his U.S. teammates, especially after Holcomb piloted his two-man sled to gold last weekend.
"The entire U.S. team did well in Lake Placid, so it’s exciting to see them come in off those successes," she said. "I think it should be an exciting weekend all around. We also love seeing our locals competing at the park, especially Steve Holcomb with how he’s done throughout his career."
VIP tickets are available for $50 per day or $75 for both days. Guests can purchase VIP tickets online at http://www.utaholympiclegacy.org or in person at the UOP. General admission is free to the public both days.
Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup Schedule
Friday, Jan. 15
11 a.m. — Women’s bobsleigh
6 p.m. — Four-man bobsleigh
6-9 p.m. — World Cup festival
Saturday, Jan. 16
11 a.m. — Women’s skeleton
12 p.m. — Men’s skeleton
5 p.m. — Four-man bobsleigh
5-8 p.m. — World Cup festival
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