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So how was the push and load?

Postby Damon » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:13 pm

Since I was stuck here working, anyone care to share some stories and tips picked up from the camp?

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USBSF: Park City 2007 Push and Load Race Results

Postby George » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:30 pm

Dude, you missed out. Here's the official press release announcing the results:

Contact: Amanada Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager
(518) 523-1842, ext, 106, abird[nospam]

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2007

First Annual Push & Load Competition Concludes

PARK CITY, Utah—Over 40 national team and development athletes gathered at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah on Saturday, September 8th to compete in the first annual Push & Load bobsled and skeleton competition.

“This was a great event, and the turnout was excellent,” 2007 World Cup skeleton Champion Zach Lund said. “Kids are getting excited about the sports again. They’re psyched to be here and extremely competitive, which is cool.”

Winning the men’s skeleton competition was rookie athlete Ryan Fischer with a combined time of 9.57 seconds after pushing a 4.79 and 4.78. Fischer participated in a skeleton school at the Utah Olympic Park last season, entering the push competition with only three weeks of sliding experience.

“It was a great experience being able to push with national team members,” Fisher said. “Training is the best part of my day, and I want to try to be the best next season.”

Matt Revelli finished second with a total time of 9.73 seconds, only sixteen-tenths from first with push times of 4.89 and 4.84. In third was veteran slider Nick Veinneau with push times of 4.88 and 4.97 for a total of 9.85.

For the women’s skeleton competition, national team athlete Jessica Palmer led the field by over two-tenths of a second to claim the gold with a combined time of 10.72 (5.37, 5.35).

“Competing today gave me self confidence and helped me prepare mentally and physically for the season,” Palmer said. “I want to make the World Cup ‘B’ team this year, so it felt good to start the year by winning this push competition.”

In second was Sabrina Hiteshew-Wilson with push times of 5.45 and 5.53 for a total time of 10.98. Hiteshew-Wilson began sliding last winter at Utah Olympic Park. Canadian slider Micaela Widmer finished third with a combined time of 10.99 (5.50, 5.49).

World Cup athlete Tim Omara claimed the two-man bobsled push title with Chris Toff after pushes of 4.93 and 4.94 for a total of 9.87. Omara is a personal trainer, and has dedicated his time to improving the strength and speed of the development sliders.

“Everyone broke their personal best times this week, which was amazing,” Omara said. “It was great to see competitors like World Cup Champion Zach Lund competing with our development sliders, and to see everyone not only push well, but have a good time.”

Derek Kresser and Chad Smith finished second with push times of 5.11 and 5.09 for a total of 10.20. World Cup bobsled athlete Ben Fogel teamed with Justin Taylor to claim third with a combined time of 10.33 (5.16, 5.17).

World Cup driver and push track coach Stephan Bosch claimed the four-man bobsled title with his team in dominating fashion after pushing a 5.02 and 5.01 for a combined time of 10.03. Skeleton athletes teamed together on the four-man sled to push their way into second place, tying Ben Fogel’s team with a total time of 10.58.

Holly Ball was the sole women’s bobsled competitor, pushing times of 5.84 and 5.87 for a total time of 11.71.

The five-day event leading into the competition included a 5-item physical test and sport seminars hosted by the Utah Skeleton and Bobsled Association, which incorporated presentations by Strength and Conditioning coach Greg Sand and 2006 Olympian Todd Hays.

“None of this could have happened with the support of Don Croce, the Utah Olympic Park, FIBT and the USBSF,” Lund said. “It was great for me to be here, because I like answering questions and helping as much as I can by relaying my experiences in the sport.”

“But I don’t want to help too much,” Lund said with a laugh. “I don’t want them to beat me.”


Women’s Skeleton:
1. Jessica Palmer (USA) 10.72 (5.37, 5.35); 2. Sabrina Hiteshew-Wilson (USA) 10.98 (5.45, 5.53); 3. Micaela Widmer (CAN) 10.99 (5.50, 5.49); 4. Cassie Revelli (USA) 11.19 (5.59, 5.60); 5. Dana Carter (USA) 11.73 (5.77, 5.96); 6. Jennifer Terry (USA) 11.75 (5.86, 5.89); 7. Liz Swaney (USA) 11.86 (5.93, 5.93); 8. Abby Von Kelsch (USA) 11.96 (5.96, 6.00);

Men’s Skeleton:
1. Ryan Fischer (USA) 9.57 (4.79, 4.78); 2. Matt Revelli (USA) 9.73 (4.89, 4.84); 3. Nick Vienneau (USA) 9.85 (4.88, 4.97); 4. Chris Burgess (USA) 9.86 (4.97, 4.89); 5. Zach Lund (USA) 9.91 (4.95, 4.96); 6. Brad Stewart (USA) 9.92 (4.97, 4.95); 7. Matt Griff (USA) 9.96 (4.99, 4.97); 8. Mark Monico (USA) 10.02 (5.01, 5.01); 9. James Logan (USA) 10.03 (5.05, 4.98); 10. George Nichols (USA) 10.20 (5.11, 5.09); 11. Chase Dehan (USA) 10.24 (5.08, 5.16); 12. Micah Mckee (USA) 10.45 (5.25, 5.20); 13. David Rosen (USA) 10.60 (5.34, 5.26); 14. Ryan Herzog (USA) 10.66 (5.34, 5.32); 15. Jason Blair (USA) 10.67 (5.37, 5.30); 16. Allen Blackwell (USA) 10.78 (5.35, 5.43); 17. Taylor Webb (USA) 10.87 (5.38, 5.49); 18. Harold Roberts (USA) 10.89 (5.43, 5.46); 19. Donald Cofer (USA) 11.69 (5.83, 5.86); 20. Russell Collison (USA) 11.80 (5.97, 5.83);

Women’s Bobsled:
1. Holly Ball (USA) 11.71 (5.84, 5.87);

Men’s 2-man Bobsled:
1.Omara and Toff (USA) 9.87 (4.93, 4.94); 2. Kresser and Smith (USA) 10.20 (5.11, 5.09); 3. Fogel and Taylor (USA) 10.33 (5.16, 5.17); 4. Bosch and Smith (USA) 10.35 (5.16, 5.19); 5. Vienneau and Griff (USA) 10.41 (5.19, 5.22); 6. Fenton and Oxendine (USA) 10.77 (5.46, 5.31); 7. Blair and Beshear (USA) 10.89 (5.44, 5.45); 8. Corona and White (USA) 11.23 (5.62, 5.61); Storms and Oxendine (5.55, DNS); Storms and Logan (5.62, DNS);

Men’s 4-man Bobsled:
1. Team Bosch (USA) 10.03 (5.02, 5.01); 2. Team Vienneau (USA) 10.58 (5.29, 5.29); 3. Team Fogel (USA) 10.58 (5.37, 5.21); 4. Team Blackwell (USA) 11.24 (5.61, 5.63);

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Columbia Sportswear Company, CW-X, KBC Helmets, Schenker Logistics, Speedo and Whelen Engineering. For more information, please visit the USBSF Web site at

Amanda Bird
Marketing Communications Manager
U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
196 Old Military Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Office- (518) 523-1842 ext. 106
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Push and Load Park City

Postby George » Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:34 am

Harold, Mark, Chase, Micah, and Abby:

Great job, guys! It was a great turnout for a successful event.

It was great catching up with all of you. I was pleased to hear that all of you, including Liz S and Sabrina H-W (hey, you fast-pushing lurker!), found my site to be very helpful in getting your start in this sport. :)

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Postby mmonico » Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:59 pm

thank you George, i wouldnt be here if it wasnt for your site.
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