Slide into the future - IBSF Sports Calendar for 2017/2018 finalised
Overall sports calendar as PDF can be found at http://www.ibsf.org/en/downloads
Lausanne. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation IBSF has finalised its race calendar for the Olympic winter 2017/2018, which includes 151 races in eight countries on three different continents. Around 120 of these races offer the chance to qualify for the highlight of the upcoming season - the 2018 Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang.
Before then, the BMW IBSF World Cup Tour, the IBSF Para-Sport World Cup Tour and the IBSF Para-Sport World Championships as well as eight Europe Cups, eight North America Cups and eight Intercontinental Cups will call the attention of the worldwide Bobsleigh and Skeleton Family and Fans.
The BMW IBSF World Cup Season will start in North America. For a total of eight races, hosting five disciplines each, Lake Placid/USA will be the kick-off venue (Nov 5 – 10, 2017), followed by Park City/USA (Nov 13-18, 2017) and Whistler Mountain/CAN (Nov 20-25, 2017). In Europe the IBSF top-athletes will then compete in Winterberg/GER (Dec 4-10, 2017) and Igls/AUT (Dec 11-17, 2017) before enjoying a short and well-deserved Christmas break. Right on the first day of the New Year, the series continues with World Cup races in Altenberg/GER (Jan 1-7, 2018), before heading to the unique natural ice track in St. Moritz/SUI (Jan 8-14, 2018). The overall World Cup titles will then be awarded at the last BMW IBSF World Cup race of the season in Königssee/GER (Jan 15-21, 2018).
On January 14th, 2018 the qualification process for PyeongChang 2018 ends. The flame for this most important event in every athlete’s career and the highlight of the upcoming IBSF race season will be light up on February 9, 2018. The 220 entitled IBSF athletes will race on Feb. 15-17 (Skeleton), Feb. 18-21 (2-man and Women’s Bobsleigh) and Feb. 24-25 (4-man Bobsleigh) in the newly build track at Alpensia Sliding Center in PyeongChang/Korea.
The Para-sport calendar shows an exciting race series to come up with a total of five double World Cup competitions (Calgary/CAN, Nov 19-24; Lake Placid/USA, Nov 27-Dec 01; Igls/AUT, Jan 14-19; Oberhof/GER, Jan 21-26; St. Moritz/SUI, Jan 29-Feb 02). The Para Sport World Championship from March 6-11, 2018 will not only be the highlight of the upcoming Para-sport competitions but also the closing event of the overall IBSF 2017/2018 race season.
The 2017/2018 IBSF highlights:
1. BMW IBSF Bobsleigh + Skeleton World Cup Lake Placid (USA) 5-10 Nov 2017
2. BMW IBSF Bobsleigh + Skeleton World Cup Park City (USA) 13-18 Nov 2017
3. BMW IBSF Bobsleigh + Skeleton World Cup Whistler Mountain (CAN) 20-25 Nov 2017
4. BMW IBSF Bobsleigh + Skeleton World Cup Winterberg (GER) 4-10 Dec 2017
5. BMW IBSF Bobsleigh + Skeleton World Cup Innsbruck (AUT) 11-17 Dec 2017
6. BMW IBSF Bobsleigh + Skeleton World Cup Altenberg (GER) 1-7 Jan 2018
7. BMW IBSF Bobsleigh + Skeleton World Cup St. Moritz (SUI) 8-14 Jan 2018
8. BMW IBSF Bobsleigh + Skeleton World Cup Königssee (GER) 15-21 Jan 2018
XXIII. Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang (KOR) 9-25 Feb 2018
IBSF Para-Sport World Championships 6-11 Mar 2018
14 Jan 2018
World Champion Johannes Lochner looks set to take overall victory after winning 4-man bobsleigh in St. Moritz