Park City, Utah (November 1, 2019) – After significant and thorough consideration, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF) and the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) have agreed that the BMW IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup will be relocated from Park City, UT to Lake Placid, NY.
The reason for the rescheduling is based on mechanical issues with the refrigeration pump system on the Utah Olympic Park sliding track. Track management acted immediately to diagnose and repair the system. Despite extensive efforts to find possible solutions within a very short timeframe, the scope and complexity of the mechanical issues meant that there is no guarantee that the track will be in prime condition for the World Cup event, originally scheduled November 24 – December 1, 2019 in Park City.
In order to avoid cancelling the Park City World Cup competition, UOLF, ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority), USABS (USA Biathlon & Skeleton) and the IBSF collectively decided to move the event to Lake Placid. Immediate solutions are being implemented to repair the system at Utah Olympic Park. Expert resources have been deployed to ensure this process is both efficient and meets best practices in order to host future bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup events.
“This has been a challenging period for the entire team at Utah Olympic Park. We are extremely proud of our tradition of hosting the best bobsled and skeleton athletes in the world and we are very disappointed not to be hosting this World Cup. However, the team is focused on getting our venue back online quickly with a long-term solution in order to have a successful season of training and competition” said Colin Hilton, President & Chief Executive Officer, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation.
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation would like to thank ORDA in Lake Placid for their support and spirit of partnership in taking over the event and John Rosen of USABS for coordinating the matter. “We anticipate re-opening the track for competitions and public bobsled sessions in December,” said Jamie Kimball, General Manager Utah Olympic Park.
The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation thanks everyone for their understanding and support in the best interest and safety of the venue’s sports and athletes.
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