The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has opened the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track at the Olympic Sports Complex for U.S. national team training.
Workers have been working to chill the concrete and lay the ice on the 20-curve, mile-long chute on Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just five miles east from the two-time Winter Olympic village.
The season highlights at the famous track occur late-November through February when the complex plays host to three World Cups. Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup and BMW Sprint Cup racing returns Nov. 29-Dec. 1, BMW IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton returns Dec. 13-15 and IBSF Para-Bobsleigh racing is slated for Feb. 5-6, 2020.
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.
2019-2020 International Racing Schedule:
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019 – Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup/BMW Sprint Cup. International luge racing returns to Lake Placid. Nations Cup racing (World Cup qualifier) is slated for Friday, Nov. 29, while the men and women’s races are Saturday, Nov. 30. The doubles World Cup and BMW Sprint Cup competitions take place, Sunday, Dec. 1. Media credential application form can be found HERE.
Dec. 13-15, 2019 – BMW IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup. Racing starts Friday, Dec. 13, with men and women’s skeleton. Saturday, Dec. 14, features two-man and women’s bobsled, while Sunday, Dec. 15, it’s four-man bobsled racing. Media credential application form can be found HERE.
Feb. 6-7, 2020 – IBSF Para-Bobsleigh World Cup. One year after hosting the IBSF Para-Bobsleigh World Championships, the Mt. Van Hoevenberg track looks forward to holding para-bobsleigh World Cup racing. Lake Placid’s famed one-mile long track, with its twisting turns and high-speed descent, will test each athlete’s strength, finesse and courage. Media credential application form can be found HERE.
Additional International Events:
Norton U.S. National Luge Championships, Nov. 1-2; IBSF Development Camp, Nov. 4-8; IBSF North America Cup/Youth/Women’s MonoBob Training, Nov. 10-14; IBSF North America Cup/Youth Olympics Qualifier/Women’s MonoBob Racing, Nov. 15-21; IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton International Training Week, Dec. 5-8; IBSF North America Cup & Women’s MonoBob Racing, Jan. 3-9; IBSF Intercontinental Cup, Jan. 20-24; 40th Empire State Winter Games, Jan. 30-Feb. 2; IBSF Para-Bobsleigh Training, Feb. 1-2; USA Luge Youth National Championships, Feb. 29-March 1; USABS Bobsled & Skeleton National Championships, March 20-21; IBSF International Development School, March 23-April 4
More information about the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex track and all of ORDA’s Olympic venues, is available online.
Photo of IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2016 provided.