The 2012 World Championships of Bobsled and Skeleton got underway today in Lake Placid, New York. This is the eighth time the world championships have been held in Lake Placid, the last time being 2009 when Steve Holcomb became the first American to win the 4-man title since 1958.
Holcomb and the rest of the US men get underway in the 2-man event tomorrow, but today saw the first two heats of the 2-woman event take place and the American team of Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling are currently sitting in 3rd place. The final two heats start tomorrow at 5pm EST.
Meyers and Eberling decided to forgo the last two world cups in Canada in order to stay in Lake Placid and focus their preparations on the Worlds – and it looks like that decision is paying off. The pair are just nine hundredths behind the German team of Sandra Kiriasis and Petra Lammert, currently in second; and 5 tenths of a second behind the lead team of Kaillie Humphries and Jennifer Ciochetti of Canada.
The USA-3 sled of Jazmine Fenlator and Ingrid Marcum are sitting in 9th place; USA-2, piloted by Bree Schaaf with Emily Azevedo is currently in 12th.
The federation overseeing bobsled and skeleton, the FIBT, does a great job of livestreaming events. They have video footage available here. Clicking on that link will take you to a ‘watch page’ and if you scroll down you’ll see an archive of events from the world championships. If you want to watch today’s competition – it’s all there! If you don’t have time to watch the entire thing however, we have a handy time-guide for the US teams as well as the top two placements during the 2nd run of the day. Just click on ‘women’s second run’ and then scroll the play bar to the time of the event you want to watch:
- 13:20 – USA-2
- 22:14 – USA-3
- 39:00 – GER-3
- 41:08 – USA-1
- 43:04 – CAN-1
Tomorrow the 2-man heats begin at 9am, with Steve Holcomb and the rest of the US team competing. The Women’s finals start at 5pm EST. Both events can be watched here. For more info, check out USA Bobsled and Skeleton.