The combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid will host to the 2012 FIBT World Championships, Feb. 13-26.
“We’re excited to have these athletes and the world championships back in Lake Placid,”
New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) chairman Pat Barrett said.
“This race is not only a crowning achievement for the athletes, but also one for the track, staff and region, as we continue to showcase this facility as one of the best in the world, one that these athletes want to compete on year after year.”
In 1949, Lake Placid became the first village outside of Europe to host a world championship event. Since then, the two-time Olympic village has staged eight world championship races, most recently in 2009, when Steve Holcomb (Park City, Utah) piloted his four-man sled to victory, claiming the United States’ first four-man crown since 1959.
This winter’s world championship is coming to Lake Placid one year sooner than expected. Lake Placid was originally awarded the 2013 Worlds, during the 2009 FIBT Congress, but switched races with St. Moritz, Switzerland, which was scheduled to host the 2012 event.
“The change was made because of team travel to Sochi, Russia for international training in 2013,”
ORDA president/CEO Ted Blazer said.
“The FIBT felt that it would be easier for teams to travel to Sochi for Olympic training from St. Moritz, rather than Lake Placid.”
The Mt. Van Hoevenberg track will begin gearing up for this race and the winter season when it opens for sliding, weather permitting, Monday, Oct. 10. Last season the track was open from Oct. 15, 2010 to April 10, setting the mark for the longest season in the world. There were also more than 27,000 athlete trips down the track.
Training for the FIBT World Championships begins on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Racing begins Friday, Feb. 17, with the first two of four runs of the women’s bobsled race. Runs three and four are slated for Saturday, Feb. 18, along with t he first two runs of the men’s two-man bobsled race. The two man race concluded Sunday, Feb. 19, with heats three and four.
The men’s and women’s skeleton events are slated for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 and 24, while the four-man race highlights Saturday and Sunday’s, Feb. 25 and 26, race schedules. Runs one and two are slated for Saturday and the final two runs are scheduled for Sunday.
For more information on the 2012 FIBT World Championships, log onto www.fibt.com. For more information on ORDA’s Olympic venues and events, visit www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.