Thursday, March 7, 2024

Lake Placid Native among USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame Inductees

2 woman BobsleighLake Placid native and award-winning photojournalist Kay Jones will be among four inductees into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame on March 23 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just outside this two-time Winter Olympic community.

The ceremony, slated for the Mountain Lodge at 5:30 PM, will be held in conjunction with the BMW IBSF World Cup finals in Lake Placid. Season long champions in all sliding disciplines will be crowned on the demanding mile-long chute March 22-24.

When Saturday’s action concludes, attention will turn to the new 55,000 square foot lodge at the base of the track. In addition to Jones, Gilbert Colgate, Jr. of New York City and Richard Lawrence, of West Chazy, N.Y., 1936 Olympic bronze medalists in the two-man event, will also be joined by David Kurtz. An attorney by profession, Kurtz, of Scranton, Pa., was a skeleton racer who later became a member of the USA Skeleton World Cup team, Team Captain of the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Bobsled Teams, and Vice President of International Affairs for the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, which is the worldwide governing body for both sports.

“USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS) is proud to recognize those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sports of bobsled and skeleton,” said Tuffy Latour, chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee. “Their dedication and commitment as athletes and supporters of the USABS will be forever honored through their induction into the USABS Hall of Fame.”

The induction event is open to the public; there is no admission charge.

Photo courtesy of the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.


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