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ORDA Prepared to Accept Nomination to Host IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton World Championships 2025 in Lake Placid

ORDA Collaborating with the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation and USABS to Plan for Future World Championships in Lake Placid

Facility Upgrades Continue at ORDA in Preparation for World University Games 2023

Lausanne, Switzerland – The IBSF announced today that Lake Placid will no longer be the host of the 2021 BMW IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton World Championships due to travel restrictions that have been implemented to ensure the health and safety of all athletes given the global pandemic. The 2021 IBSF World Championships were planned to be held in Lake Placid from February 5-14, 2021 but have been moved to Altenberg, Germany to protect the health of athletes and spectators across the globe.


“We have discussed this decision extensively within the Executive Committee and have coordinated it closely with the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), as well as USA Bobsled and Skeleton.” said Heike Groesswang, Secretary General, IBSF. “The decision wasn’t easy as you can imagine, the bulk of athletes competing in the championships are based in Europe, so our strategy was to have less time spent in quarantine. The Organizing Committee has already done incredible work showing their unique passion to set the best stage for our athletes in Lake Placid, the birthplace of our sports in North America.” Groesswang said.


ORDA and New York State have been actively working since 2017 to upgrade and modernize the facilities in anticipation for the 2021 World Championships – including the recent completion of the new luge push track facility and the re-construction of the Mountain Pass Lodge which includes a state of the art indoor push track at the base of the Lake Placid Sliding Center. With this recent news, ORDA is eager to continue the modernization of its venues for the World University Games 2023 and for the World Championships in 2025.

“Lake Placid has hosted 11 World Championships and we were looking forward to hosting another in 2021.” Said Mike Pratt, ORDA President and CEO. “As we change courses, we are eager to continue our move forward with our projects, as we actively plan with the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation to determine the next World Championship for Lake Placid.” Pratt said.


Team USA athletes will continue to prepare for this incredibly important Pre-Olympic Season in Lake Placid and will send national teams to Europe for World Cup competitions and World Championships. “We respect the IBSF’s strategy to put World Championships in Europe so that inter-country travel is reduced out of concern for the safety and health of all athletes and officials.” Aron McGuire, CEO of USABS, said. “We will still have a full season of training, development and regional competitions in Lake Placid and look forward to getting on the new indoor push track facility, which will be a tremendous benefit to the athletes.” McGuire said.


“It is a heartbreaking decision for the IBSF as Lake Placid is a key-player in our competition planning but due to timelines and the travel restriction in place we had to take a decision. The IBSF Executive Committee fully supports the application by Lake Placid to host the World Championships in 2025. On behalf of the IBSF I want to thank all parties involved for their close cooperation and understanding in the best interest of our sports and athletes.”, states IBSF President Ivo Ferriani, “Equally, we want to thank all Race Organizers worldwide showing their interest to host the World Championships given the short time for preparation which shows their great commitment.”


Pending final ratification by the IBSF Congress, ORDA, IBSF and USABS look forward to working collectively as they continue to prepare for the 2025 World Championships event in Lake Placid, New York.


The IBSF Executive Committee further approved the request by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton (BCS) and USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation as hosts of the tracks in North America, to start the season of the North American Series in January 2021 only.


The updated calendar for the 2020/21 season will be published on 9/15/2020.


  • Feb 01 — 15, 2025

    Stay tuned as Lake Placid is prepared to accept nomination to host the IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton World Championships in 2025!


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Event History




  • Gold: Switzerland – Felix Endrich, Fritz Waller
  • Silver: Switzerland – Fritz Feierabend, Heinrich Angst
  • Bronze: USA – Frederick Fortune, John McDonald


  • Gold: USA – Stanley Benham, Patrick Martin, William Casey, William d’Amico
  • Silver: USA – James Brickford, Henry Sterns, Pat Buckley, Donald Dupree
  • Bronze: Switzerland – Fritz Feierabend, Werner Spring, Friedrich Waller, Heinrich Angst



  • Gold: Italy – Eugenio Monti, Sergio Siorpaes
  • Silver: USA – Gary Sheffield, Jerry Tennant
  • Bronze: Italy – Sergio Zardini, Romano Bonagura


  • Gold: Italy – Eugenio Monti, Sergio Siorpaes, Furio Nordio, Renzo Alverà
  • Silver: USA – Stanley Benham, Gary Sheffield, Jerry Tennant, Chuck Pandolph
  • Bronze: Sweden – Gunnar Åhs, Gunnar Carpö, Erik Wennerberg, Börje-Bengt Hedblom



  • Gold: Italy – Nevio De Zordo, Adriano Frassinelli
  • Silver: Romania – Ion Panţuru, Dumitru Focseneanu
  • Bronze: Italy – Gianfranco Gaspari, Mario Armano


  • Gold: West Germany – Wolfgang Zimmerer, Peter Utzschneider, Walter Steinbauer, Stefan Gaisreiter
  • Silver: Italy – Gianfranco Gaspari, Sergio Pompanin, Roberto Zandonella, Mario Armano
  • Bronze: USA – Les Fenner, Robert Huscher, Howard Siler, Allen Hachigian



  • Gold: Germany – Wolfgang Zimmerer, Peter Utzschneider
  • Silver: Swiss – Hans Candrian, Heinz Schenker
  • Bronze: Romania – Ion Panţuru, Dumitru Focseneanu


  • Gold: Swiss – René Stadler, Werner Camichel, Erich Schärer, Peter Schärer
  • Silver: Austria – Werner Delle Karth, Walter Delle Karth, Hans Eichinger, Fritz Sperling
  • Bronze: West Germany – Wolfgang Zimmerer, Stefan Gaisreiter, Walter Steinbauer, Peter Utzschneider



  • Gold: Swiss – Erich Schärer, Josef Benz
  • Silver: East Germany – Meinhard Nehmer, Raimund Bethge
  • Bronze: West Germany – Jakob Resch, Walter Barfuss


  • Gold: East Germany – Horst Schönau, Horst Bernhard, Harald Seifert, Bogdan Musioł
  • Silver: Swiss – Erich Schärer, Ulrich Bächli, Rudolf Marti, Josef Benz
  • Bronze: East Germany – Meinhard Nehmer, Bernhard Germeshausen, Hans-Jürgen Gerhardt, Raimund Bethge



  • Gold: Swiss – Ralph Pichler, Urs Leuthold
  • Silver: Swiss – Erich Schärer, Max Rüegg
  • Bronze: East Germany – Wolfgang Hoppe, Dietmar Schauerhammer


  • Gold: Swiss – Ekkehard Fasser, Hans Märcy, Kurt Poletti, Rolf Strittmatter
  • Silver: West Germany – Klaus Kopp, Gerhard Öchsle, Günther Neuberger, Hans-Joachim Schumacher
  • Bronze: East Germany – Detlef Richter, Henry Gerlach, Thomas Forch, Dietmar Jerke



  • Gold: Canada – Ryan Davenport
  • Silver: USA – Jim Shea
  • Bronze: USA – Chris Soule



  • Gold: Germany – André Lange, Kevin Kuske
  • Silver: Canada – Pierre Lueders, Giulio Zardo
  • Bronze: Germany – René Spies, Franz Sagmeister


  • Gold: Germany – André Lange, René Hoppe, Kevin Kuske, Carsten Embach
  • Silver: USA – Todd Hays, Bill Schuffenhauer, Randy Jones, Garrett Hines
  • Bronze: Russia – Alexandr Zubkov, Aleskey Seliverstov, Sergey Golubev, Dmitriy Stepushkin


Skeleton Men

  • Gold: Swiss – Gregor Stähli
  • Silver: Great Britain – Adam Pengilly
  • Bronze: Russia – Aleksandr Tretyakov

Skeleton Women 

  • Gold: Germany – Marion Trott
  • Silver: Great Britain – Amy Williams
  • Bronze: Germany – Kerstin Szymkowiak


  • Gold: Great Britain – Nicola Minichiello, Gillian Cooke
  • Silver: USA – Shauna Rohbock, Elana Meyers
  • Bronze: Germany – Cathleen Martini, Janine Tischer


  • Gold: Swiss – Ivo Rüegg, Cédric Grand
  • Silver: Germany – Thomas Florschütz, Marc Kühne
  • Bronze: USA – Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz


  • Gold USA – Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler, Curtis Tomasevicz
  • Silver: Germany – André Lange, Alexander Rödiger, Kevin Kuske, Martin Putze
  • Bronze: Latvia – Jānis Miņins, Daumants Dreiškens, Oskars Melbārdis, Intars Dambis


Skeleton Men

  • Gold: Latvia – Martins Dukurs
  • Silver: Germany – Frank Rommel
  • Bronze: New Zealand – Ben Sandford

Skeleton Women

  • Gold: USA – Katie Uhlaender
  • Silver: Canada – Melissa Hollingsworth
  • Bronze: Great Britain – Lizzy Yarnold


  • Gold: Canada – Kaillie Humphries, Jennifer Ciochetti
  • Silver: Germany – Sandra Kiriasis, Petra Lammert
  • Bronze: USA – Elana Meyers, Katie Eberling


  • Gold: USA  – Steven Holcomb, Steven Langton
  • Silver: Canada  – Lyndon Rush, Jesse Lumsden
  • Bronze: Germany  – Maximilian Arndt, Kevin Kuske


  • Gold: USA – Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steven Langton, Curtis Tomasevicz
  • Silver: Germany  – Maximilian Arndt, Alexander Rödiger, Kevin Kuske, Martin Putze
  • Bronze: Germany  – Manuel Machata, Marko Huebenbecker, Andreas Bredau, Christian Poser

Track History


1930 – 1978

After Lake Placid won the bid to host the third Olympic Winter Games in 1932, South Meadow Mountain now known as Mount Van Hoevenberg was selected as the site of the first bobsled run in North America.

Late in the spring of 1930, the Polish engineer and famed track designer, Stanislaus Zentzytzki was hired to design a mile and a half earthen track following the contours of the north slope of the mountain.

Once construction began in August 1930, earth and rock were moved to build the run, which was literally dug and blasted out of rock and forest. The Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobrun was originally 1.5 miles long made of earth construction on the straight-aways and the highest curves were built of stone laid between wooden ribbing.

Following the tradition of European tracks each curve was given a name.  Whiteface, Shady, Little S and Zig Zag soon became respected and feared curves throughout the world.

The 1932 Olympic Winter Games used the 1 ½ mile track including the dangerous Whiteface curve.  Eventually due to the dangers of the hairpin turn, the track was shortened in time for the 1939 Bobsled World Championships.

1978 – 1999

The one mile length was kept as the track was improved for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.  In 1973, refrigeration was added to the finish curve and in 1979 the entire one mile track was reconstructed with concrete and refrigeration

The 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid required the construction of North America’s first refrigerated luge track in 1979 and represented the only time a separate track was constructed for luge.


In 1999, the luge track was removed and the original bobsled track was shortened to a half-mile length as construction began on the new combined bobsled, luge, and skeleton track.  The combined track opened in 2000 and is considered one of the most technically challenging tracks for sliders of all disciplines.

Extensive work was done to improve the track, including a covering system to protect the track from the elements, upgrades to the refrigeration system and the addition of spectator viewing locations.

2019 –

In 2019 the venue began another major overhaul. A new centralized lodge and public building containing an indoor refrigerated start facility for Bobsled and Skeleton is currently under construction. This addition will assure Lake Placid’s relevance in the Sliding Sports World for the foreseeable future.


Venue Improvements

The Olympic Sports Complex is going through a $60 Million Venue Revitalization that will be mostly completed by World Championships 2021. Here are some of the new attractions you will be able to enjoy during your visit.

  • “The Outpost” – A 30,000 square foot lodge with multi-use public space.
  • The Cliffside Coaster – The longest mountain coaster in North America, allowing visitors to relive the Olympics along the bobsled track used in the 1980 Games.
  • Bobsled & Skeleton Start Facility – A enclosed training facility for athletes that the public can view up close.
  • Welcome & Awards Plaza – A large outdoor gathering space at the base.
  • Start One Deck Expansion Covering

Check out all of the exciting projects on-going at the Olympic Sites!

Event Blog


This is a series of posts that will highlight the New York’s impact on the sport of bobsled and highlight past and present athletes from our towns leading up to the 2021 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid this February.

The Early Days
Fulfilling the Need for Speed
American Bobsledding Dominance
The fastest Run of All
The Race to Catch Up