February 16, 2006
The U.S. won gold medals in men's and women's skeleton in 2002 when the sport was revived for the Salt Lake City Games, but Katie Uhlaender of Breckenridge, Colo., isn't expected to beat out favorites Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards of Canada and Maya Pedersen of Switzerland. The U.S.
February 10, 2006 |
MEN'S SINGLES * Where: Cesana Pariol. * When: Feb. 17. * Best of the U.S.: Eric Bernotas of Avondale, Pa., finished third in the season's World Cup standings with 390 points. Teammate Kevin Ellis of Dallas was fourth, with 365 points. * Best of the rest: Jeff Pain of Canada won three of the last four World Cup races and his second successive World Cup title. He's also the world champion. Gregor Staehli of Switzerland, the 2002 silver medalist, was the World Cup runner-up. * U.S.
January 25, 2006 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee, acting only one day after an arbitrator ruled there was no evidence to prove sexual harassment claims against U.S. skeleton Coach Tim Nardiello, announced Tuesday it would not allow him to guide the team at next month's Turin Olympics. Nardiello has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. The USOC said Nardiello had violated ethics codes.
January 24, 2006 |
An arbitrator Monday found no evidence to substantiate claims of sexual harassment leveled at U.S. skeleton Coach Tim Nardiello. But U.S. Olympic officials said it remained uncertain whether he will coach at next month's Turin Olympics. Meanwhile, the top U.S. men's skeleton racer, Zach Lund, was issued a public warning but not suspended by U.S. anti-doping officials over a failed drug test linked to a hair-restoration potion.
February 12, 2005 |
Noelle Pikus-Pace liked bobsledding, but she'll never forget her first venture at skeleton, not quite five years ago. "I kind of got suckered into it," she said. "My coach showed me this little cookie sheet and put a helmet on my head without telling me what it was. He told me to pick my feet up, and that was it. "It was halfway down the track, but I was screaming the whole time." On Friday, she shrieked for joy, as she became the first U.S. woman to win the World Cup skeleton title.
February 17, 2002 |
Pulling a 95-pound sled, you bound alongside the track, gaining speed. All at once you dive headfirst onto your sled. Down you go, chin hanging off, nose inches from the ice. You whoosh down the slick, mile-long course at 85 mph, sounding like an accelerating jet plane. You confront G-force winds on 15 to 20 grueling turns, hoping to high heaven that your neck muscles can keep your head held up.