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International bobsled teams practise in Lake Placid ahead of this weekend's World Championships (Photo:  Brian Mann)
International bobsled teams practise in Lake Placid ahead of this weekend's World Championships (Photo: Brian Mann)

At World Championships, US bobsled team races to prove it can recapture Olympic momentum

The best bobsled and skeleton racers are competing in Lake Placid this week in the 2012 World Championships. The competition will be a big test for the American bobsled team, which has struggled this year on the World Cup tour.

The US team is hoping to prove that its Olympic gold medal at the last Winter Olympis was no fluke and the program can sustain the funding and technical support needed to match the Europeans.

Brian Mann was at the track this week and has this preview.  Go to full article
John Napier (right) celebrating with teammates (Source: USBSF)
John Napier (right) celebrating with teammates (Source: USBSF)

After departing Lake Placid, American bobsled team rebuilds

Four years ago, the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, then based in Lake Placid, fell into turmoil just before the Winter Olympics in Turin. The team dismissed head-coach Tim Nardiello following allegations of sexual harassment. Top athletes were knocked out of competition by freak accidents and a controversy involving performance-enhancing drugs. Team leaders say they've rebuilt the organization and developed a powerful new stable of athletes - including Lake Placid's John Napier - who could return to the podium in Vancouver. But as Brian Mann reports, the Americans will have to compete without one of its best bobsledders.  Go to full article
NASCAR legend Geoffrey Bodine tests a sled cockpit
NASCAR legend Geoffrey Bodine tests a sled cockpit

NASCAR drivers fuel American bobsled renaissance

The World Cup bobsled championships will be held next month in Lake Placid. Athletes from all over the world will compete on the Olympic track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. The Americans will be riding a new generation of high-tech sleds, designed by a team that once built racing cars for NASCAR. As Brian Mann reports, the project has helped the U.S. compete in a sport long dominated by the Europeans.  Go to full article

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