NorAm Cup comes to Park City
After a busy winter of hosting bobsled, skeleton and luge World Cup contests, the Utah Olympic Park is hosting a North American Cup this week as one of its final events of the 2016 winter season.
This weekend, bobsled athletes from the United States, Canada, South Korea, Jamaica, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand will compete in Park City, gunning for points that will help them move up to the World Cup level.
The bobsled competitions are scheduled for Saturday (men’s and women’s two-man races), Sunday and Monday (four-man events). Saturday’s races start at 10 a.m., Sunday’s kick off at 3 p.m. and Monday’s begin at 11 a.m.
Next weekend, it will be the skeleton athletes’ turn to slide, with men’s and women’s competitions on both Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5.
The North American Cup features a unique mix of young and established athletes.
"The Utah Olympic Park is pleased to host a mixture of up-and-coming athletes, as well as experienced athletes that are looking gain more experience on international tracks, in this North American Cup," UOP Marketing Manager Melanie Welch said.
With only one World Cup event in Park City, many athletes compete on the NorAm tour to try to get in a few more runs on the 2002 Olympic track. Some athletes, such as the South Koreans, are trying to build up points for a run at the 2018 Olympics, which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Leading the U.S. lineup for the men’s bobsled events are drivers Codie Bascue and Justin Olsen. Bascue competed on the World Cup tour last season, but raced only in Lake Placid’s World Cup this year, where he and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor finished 11th in the two-man race. Olsen raced at the St. Moritz, Switzerland World Cup this year with Sam McGuffie, finishing 21st overall.
Bascue also drove a four-man sled in both Park City World Cup races this year, finishing 19th and 13th. He finished 15th in the Lake Placid event.
On the women’s side, driver Katie Eberling leads the way for Team USA. Eberling will pilot a two-man sled with brakeman Kristen Hurley at the Park City event.
The final North American Cup event of the season begins on March 7 in Lake Placid, New York.
All of the NorAm Cup events at the UOP bobsled and skeleton track are free to the public. For more information, visit http://www.utaholympiclegacy.com.
NorAm Cup Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 27 — Men’s and women’s two-man bobsled — 10 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28 — Four-man bobsled — 3 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 29 — Four-man bobsled — 11 a.m.
Friday, March 4 — Men’s and women’s skeleton — 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 5 — Men’s and women’s skeleton — 10 a.m.