The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) opened the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track at the Olympic Sports Complex for U.S. national team training on Monday, October 15th.
Workers chilled the concrete and laid ice on the 20-curve, mile-long chute on Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just five miles east from the two-time Winter Olympic village. Athletes from USA Luge as well as USA Bobsled and Skeleton will hit the ice to begin preparations for their World Cup campaigns.
The first day of sliding features skeleton team athletes from 9:30 am to noon followed by the luge athletes from 12:30 – 3 pm. The bobsled team hits the ice for the first time from 4 to 6 pm.
The season highlights at the famous track occur December through March when the complex plays host to two World Cups and one World Championship. The first event is the Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup. The action begins, Saturday, Dec. 15, with doubles and women’s singles luge racing, followed by Sunday’s, Dec. 16, men’s singles and sprint cup race.
In February, IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton returns. The February 15-16 event features men and women’s skeleton, women’s bobsled and two and four-man bobsled action. Then from March 29-31, the track hosts the IBSF Para-Bobsleigh World Championships.
Throughout the winter visitors can also take bobsled rides down the track’s final 11 curves, with a professional driver and brakeman. During the ride, passengers can feel the rumble of the sled’s blades as they pass through the tracks curves and straight-aways, including Shady, Labyrinth, and the Heart… curves recognized worldwide within the international sliding community.
Once at the bottom, visitors will receive a bobsled lapel pin, a 4×6 commemorative team photo, t-shirt, a Lake Placid Bobsled Experience sticker, membership to USA Bobsled and Skeleton and 20-percent off your second bobsled ride.
For more information about the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex track and all of ORDA’s Olympic venues, click here.
Photo of IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2016 courtesy ORDA.