U.S. Olympic Committee Week in Review
Baseball, Biathalon, Bobsled and More Sports
Compile a 204-card 25th anniversary USA Baseball Box Set featuring 180 of the organization’s most distinguished alumni.
Celebrating USA Baseball’s 25-year existence as the national governing body for amateur baseball, the set will provide collectors with the opportunity to obtain authentic signature and game-used jersey cards as well as the regular issue cards.
Biathlon: (November 9) As some light snow hit the eastern United States this week, many of the top U.S. biathletes are in Beitostølen, Norway, preparing for the start of the international biathlon season. Most of the developmental team, which is based at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Fort Kent, Maine, as well as the athletes training with Coach Algis Shalna in Jericho, Vermont, are in Beitostølen.
Bobsled: (November 6) Not even four inches of snow was going to stop some of the top male bobsledders in the world during day 1 of racing in the 2005 Verizon two-man Bobsled National Team Trials in Lake Placid, New York. The team of Steve Holcomb (Park City, Utah) and Curt Tomaseveicz (Omaha, Nebraska) claimed victory on day 1 and moved one step closer to winning one of the coveted World Cup roster spots. (November 7) It turned out to be a beautiful day for race 2 in the 2005 Verizon two-man Bobsled National Team Trials, which produced a different winner from race 1. This time, the team of 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Mike Kohn (Chantilly, Virginia) and Alex Sprague (Indianapolis, Indiana) narrowly claimed the victory.
The race also saw a sweep atop the medal podium by the military as two Army World Class Athlete Program drivers, Kohn and Steve Holcomb, took out the top two spots while Air Force athlete Mike Bradley (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) finished third. (November 8) All media are invited to watch two-time Stanley Cup winner and perennial all-star defensemen Chris Chelios (Chicago, Illinois) of the Detroit Red Wings on November 10 at the Verizon Sports Complex in Lake Placid as he takes to the ice once again in a four-man bobsled. Joining Chelios in Lake Placid will be big-wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton (San Francisco, California).
Hamilton is known as the guiding genius of crossover board sports. Both Chelios and Hamilton are hoping to make it to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, as members of the Greek bobsled team.
Figure skating: (November 3) The 2004 World silver medalist Sasha Cohen (Westwood, California) announced her withdrawal from the 2004 Cup of China due to recurring back problems. Cohen withdrew from Smart Ones Skate America earlier this season and has been advised to continue resting her back before starting competition again. Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel (Rolling Meadows, Illinois) and coach Frank Carroll announced their mutual decision to end their coaching relationship. Goebel also announced that he will immediately begin training with Audrey Weisiger (Clifton, Virginia). (November 9) With the first of three sectional championships taking place in Escondido, California, the road to Portland, Oregon, and the State Farm United States, Figure Skating Championships moves on to its second stage. The 2005 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships takes place November 10–13 with the top four finishers in ladies’, men’s, pairs, and ice dancing moving on to the United States Championships.
This article is in five parts. This is part 1.
Part 5: Racine, the world’s top-ranked driver during the 2000-2001 season, and her brakeman, Jen Davidson, were pegged to win the first women’s bobsled gold medal when the sport debuted at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.