Eight races in the BMW IBSF World Cup Series, Königssee will host two races
Lausanne (RWH) Eight races in the BMW IBSF World Cup Series and the World Championships in Igls (AUT) are the highlights of the sporting calendar for winter 2015/2016 published by the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF. The main highlight for young athletes will be the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lillehammer (NOR).
The ice track athletes’ schedule includes eight events in the BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Cup Tour. Eight races are also scheduled for the Intercontinental Cup, the North American Cup and the European Cup.
The first three events of the 2015/2016 World Cup season will be staged on German tracks: Altenberg (27-29 November 2015), Winterberg (4-6 December 2015) and Königssee (11-13 December 2015). In the new year, the ice track athletes head for the USA and Canada, with the first event of 2016 scheduled to take place in Lake Placid, USA (7-9 January). The World Cup entourage then travels to Park City, USA (15-17 January), where the two-man bobsleigh athletes take a break to make way for two four-man bob races. Whistler in Canada (22-24 January), which hosted the 2010 Olympics, is the venue for the sixth round of the World Cup featuring two races in the two-man bobsleigh. Back in Europe the athletes head to St. Moritz, SUI (5-7 February) ahead of the BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championships 2016 in Igls (AUT) from 8-21 February. The World Cup Final 2015/2016 will again be held in Königssee, GER (26-28 February). Which track hosts the European Championships, IBSF will announce in July.
Parallel to the World Championships in Igls, young IBSF athletes will compete in the second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway (12-21 February). Junior athletes aged between 15 and 18 will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the skeleton on the track used in the 1994 Olympics. For the first time in Olympic history, they will also compete in the monobob. ©RWH2015