Team USA Slides Into Victory in the Last IBSF World Cup on Home Turf

by Abby Slenker


curtis (Photo by USA Bobsled/Skeleton)

Photo Credit: Jimmy Reed


LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK (December 19, 2022)- From December 16th to 18th, Mount Van Hoevenburg hosted the last IBSF World Cup on American soil before the tour recommences in Europe in the new year.

Festivities kicked off on an especially snowy day with Men’s Skeleton on the 16th. Austin Florian placed 6th with a time of 1:48.69. Teammate Andrew Blaser placed 13th with a time of 1.49.91. Women’s Skeleton came next, with Kelly Curtis placing 3rd with her 1:51.39 finish, her first time making the podium in a World Cup event. Kendall Wesenberg placed 7th with a time of 1:51.61 and Hallie Clarke placed 18th with a time of 1:53.85. 

“It felt amazing to perform well on a home track with our support system cheering us on. I had a few crucial mistakes in run 1 that I was happy to be able to clean up for run 2. I’m looking forward to Lake Placid hosting the 2025 World Championships” Curtis shared about her monumental finish.

On the 17th, the events continued despite a morning delay on an adjusted schedule. In Women’s Monobob, Kaillie Humphries placed 2nd with a time of  2:01.42. Teammates Nicole Vogt and Riley Compton placed 7th and 8th with times of 2:03.70 and 2:04.44 respectively. In 2-Man Bobsled, Frankie Del Duca and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor placed 8th with a time of 1:53.59 and Geoffrey Gadbois and Martin Christofferson placed 10th with a time of 1:54.13.

The last day of races began victoriously with a 1st-place finish for Humphries and teammate Kaysha Love in 2-Woman Bobsled with a time of 1:54.93. Vogt and Jasmine Jones placed 8th with a 1:57.09 finish and Compton and Macy Tarlton placed 9th with a time of 1:57.84. Rounding off a great weekend, Del Duca, Christofferson, Adrian Adams, and Manteo Mitchell placed 6th in 4-Man Bobsled with a time of 1:51.19. Gadbois, Carsten Vissering, Quentin Willey, and Darius Joseph placed 12th with a time of 1:51.87. 

Following the winter holiday season, the IBSF World Cup will resume on January 6, 2023, in Winterberg, D.E. 

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