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WHISTLER, BRITISH COLOMBIA — Team USA slid on three different tracks in three different countries this past week: Whistler, British Columbia, Lillehammer, Norway and Bludenz, Austria.

The two-day action began on Nov. 29 with the North American Cup women’s monobob and two-man bobsled. In the first monobob race, Riley Tejcek had the best finish for Team USA with a two-run time of 1 minute, 53.44 seconds. Tejcek earned sixth place.

Sylvia Hoffman placed eighth with a time of 1:54.49 and Lauren Brzozowski placed ninth with a time of 1:54.92. In two-man, Kris Horn and Jace Johnson slid into fourth with a time of 1:48.72.

The sliding continued on Nov. 30 with second race for both events. Brzozowski placed sixth in monobob, with a time of 1:54.54, Tejcek placed seventh in 1:54.73 and Hoffman placed eighth in 1:54.92. In two-man, Horn and Johnson earned a silver finish with their time of 1:48.08.

The Para Sport World Cup began in Lillehammer, Norway on Nov. 30. In the opening race, Will Castillo placed fourth with a combined time of 1:53.72. Bob Balk placed fifth with a time of 1:53.89, David Christopher placed ninth with a time of 1:54.03 and Austin Parker placed tenth with a time of 1:54.05.

Castillo earned a gold medal in the second race on Dec. 1 with a time of 1:54.13. Balk also made the podium with his time of 1:54.22. Additionally, Parker placed eighth with his time of 1:54.38.

The first day of December brought more races in the Europe Cup women’s and men’s skeleton races in Bludenz, Austria. On the women’s side, Michelle Toukan slid into 14th (1:08.14), while Nick Tucker had the top finish in the men’s competition, earning 17th in 1:05.61.

In the NAC women’s skeleton on Dec. 1, Logan Wudi secured a fourth-place finish in the NAC Whistler races with her time of 1:53.91. In NAC men’s skeleton, Bradley Nicol placed 11th in his first race with a time of 1:50.35, Darryl Payne placed 13th with a time of 1:53.41, Nick Brooks placed 15th in 1:55.79 and Sam Allred was 16th in 1:58.15.

The NAC skeleton races continued the following day with Wudi again placing fourth, this time with a time of 1:54.90. For the men’s sliders, Nicol placed ninth with a time of 1:51.82, Payne (1:53.63) was 13th and Allred (1:59.01) was 14th.

In the opening race for NAC two-women bobsled, Hoffman and Amoni Ashby placed third overall and Brzozowski and Sydney Milani took sixth.

The next day, Brozowski and Milani placed fifth with a time of 1:54.53 while Hoffman and Ashby placed sixth with a time of 1:54.89.

“The athletes racing on the development circuits this weekend were faced with some tough challenges. Whistler is a proven difficult track, so our athletes need to be humble and patient and not get discouraged,” Director of Sport Performance for USABS Curt Tomasevicz said. “We came away learning a lot and gained some valuable experience. The Bludenz track is a new track on the circuit, so it requires our athletes to learn quickly and apply experience from other tracks. Again, the weekend gave us important lessons to build upon.”

Team USA will make its season debut in the World Cup circuit in La Plagne, France, on Dec. 8. The event will start with men’s and women’s skeleton.



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