Thursday, November 9, 2023

Olympic Authority Announces Season-Opening NAC Cup at Mt Van Hoevenberg

NAC Olympic boblsed

LAKE PLACID — The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) announces the North American Cup (NAC) season-opener taking place Wednesday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Mt Van Hoevenberg Sliding Center.

The NAC circuit brings together international competitors for men’s and women’s bobsled and skeleton races that count toward the overall season points standings. Athletes on the NAC tour are typically in a developmental stage as they hone their skills in competitive races that are just below the World Cup level. After opening in Lake Placid, the NAC tour will make stops in Whistler, British Columbia and Park City, Utah before wrapping up the season March 2-10 at Mt Van Hoevenberg.

Last season’s NAC overall points standings champions included Americans Lauren Brzozowski and Frank Del Duca. Brzozowski, a New Jersey native competing as a Junior last year, was the overall leader in 2-woman and monobob while Del Duca earned the top spot in 4-man bobsleigh.

Mt Van Hoevenberg will host a BMW IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup on March 22-24, 2024, with the IBSF World Championships coming to the two-time Olympic venue in 2025. The 2023-24 World Cup season opens Nov. 17 in China, followed by races in France, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Latvia and Germany.

NAC Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Nov. 15
2 p.m. – Women’s Monobob, Race 1
2 p.m. – 2-Man Bobsleigh, Race 1

 

Thursday, Nov. 16
2 p.m. – Women’s Monobob, Race 2
2 p.m. – 2-Man Bobsleigh, Race 2

Awards ceremony follows racing

 

Friday, Nov. 17
9 a.m. – Women’s Skeleton, Race 1
9 a.m. – Men’s Skeleton, Race 1

 

Saturday, Nov. 18

9 a.m. – Women’s Skeleton, Race 2
9 a.m. – Men’s Skeleton, Race 2

Awards ceremony follows racing

2 p.m. – 2-Women Bobsleigh, Race 1
2 p.m. – 4-Man Bobsleigh, Race 1

 

Sunday, Nov. 19

10 a.m. – 2-Women Bobsleigh, Race 2
10 a.m. – 4-Man Bobsleigh, Race 2

Awards ceremony follows racing
NAC Skeleton event in Lake Placid

Spectator Information

There is no charge for spectators who want to attend the North American Cup races at Mt Van Hoevenberg. Guests can also enjoy all the amenities offered at Mountain Pass Lodge, including 81 – 18 Café, the Indoor Climbing Center and retail opportunities at the Swix Concept Store and Mountain Pass Mercantile.

Historic Venue

The mile-long luge, bobsled and skeleton track and the adjacent world-class Nordic Center is located at the same site that hosted the sliding and Nordic skiing events during the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games. The newly modernized four-season venue at 31 Van Hoevenberg Way now includes 55 kilometers of cross country skiing, biking and hiking trails, a state-of-the-art biathlon range, modern snowmaking technology and a refrigerated push start icehouse inside Mountain Pass Lodge.

World-Class Calendar
The Olympic Authority, which includes ski resorts at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface mountains, as well as Mt Van Hoevenberg, the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Center, has a busy events season ahead with four World Cups already on the schedule. FIL Luge kicks off the World Cup season Dec. 8-9 in Lake Placid, followed by FIS Ski Jumping World Cup at the Olympic Jumping Complex on Feb. 9-11, IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton on March 22-24 and UCI Mountain Bike World Series on Sept. 27-29 at Mt Van Hoevenberg. The Olympic Authority is coming off a record-breaking year last year that included more than 1 million visits that generated a $341.8 million economic impact.

Media Contact: Morgan Ryan, mryan@orda.org

Photo at top: NAC Bobsled event
Photo in article: NAC Skeleton event

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