The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS) have announced that Lake Placid has formally been awarded the 2019 Para-Bobsleigh World Championships. Lake Placid’s Olympic Sports Complex bobsled/luge/skeleton track was selected to host the event during the recently concluded International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation’s (IBSF) annual Congress, held in Rome, Italy.
Last winter the sport of Para bobsleigh held its first-ever World Championship race, in Lillehammer, Norway, in which 19 athletes from 12 nations competed. The sport is expected to make its Paralympic debut in 2022, in Beijing, China.
The 2019 world championship athletes begin arriving for training March 25 and racing is slated for March 30-31.
The event comes shortly after the mile-long track hosts the return of the IBSF BMW World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton race, Feb. 15-16. Last winter, leading up to February’s Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, 190 athletes from 23 nations were at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg course. The World Cup event will feature racing in men and women’s skeleton, women’s bobsled and two and four-man bobsled.
Photo of IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2016 courtesy ORDA.