Lake Placid awarded pre-Olympic bobsled and skeleton world championships

2019 IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton - Day 1
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The quaint upstate New York village of Lake Placid was awarded the 2025 bobsled and skeleton world championships at the recent International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Congress.

The home-track advantage will give the Americans a welcomed boost and should set them up well heading into the 2026 Olympic season.

Lake Placid, home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games and still the only U.S. city to twice host the Winter Olympics, was originally awarded the 2021 World Championships but that event was moved to Altenberg, Germany, due to the pandemic.

There is no IBSF World Championships in the upcoming season, due to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The 2023 edition will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, followed by the 2024 Worlds in Winterberg, Germany.

2025 will mark the 11th time Lake Placid plays host to worlds for one of both of the sports but the first time in 13 years.

The last time worlds was in Lake Placid, the Americans raked in five medals, led by two- and four-man bobsled golds from pilot Steven Holcomb, who died in 2017. That remains the greatest U.S. medal tally at the event since 2007.

Two of the U.S. medalists from 2012 are still actively competing: Elana Meyers Taylor and Katie Uhlaender.

Meyers Taylor earned bronze that year in just her second season as a driver. She remains one of the world’s best bobsledders and medaled in three of her four World Cups last season in her return from giving birth to son Nico.

Uhlaender won skeleton gold at the 2012 Worlds. Now vying for a fifth Olympic team, the 37-year-old was sixth at the 2021 Worlds and finished as high as fifth on last season’s World Cup circuit.

Kaillie Humphries won the two-woman bobsled world title that year for Canada. Now representing the U.S., she has since won three more world titles in the event, including in 2020 and 2021. She also won 2021 gold in monobob, which makes its Olympic debut in Beijing.

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