Lake Placid (RWH) Ahead of the third BMW IBSF World Cup of the 2022/2023 season in Lake Placid (USA, December 16-18), the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF invites its athletes to the World Push Championships in six disciplines on December 9 and 10: Men’s and Womens Skeleton, 2-woman and 2-man Bobsleigh as well as 4-man Bob and Women’s Monobob.
The last Bobsleigh World Push Championships on ice were carried out in November 2013 in Calgary (CAN) with only push athletes competing. Back then, Heather Moyse, 2010 and later 2014 Bobsleigh Olympic Champion with pilot Kaillie Humphries, won the women's event ahead of Judith Vis and Sanne Dekker from the Netherlands. In the men's event, Jesse Lumsden, 2012 World Championships silver medallist with pilot Lyndon Rush, relegated his Canadian team-mate Lascelles Brown and Christopher Fogt from the USA into second and third place. The organisers in Calgary welcomed a large number of spectators on site. The final was also broadcasted live on Canadian TV. Mamaia in Romania hosted the last IBSF Summer Push World Championships in 2016.
The IBSF World Push Championships are staged at the ice house facility located in the Mountain Pass Lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg near the Lake Placid icetrack. USA Bobsled & Skeleton and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) are the local organizers.
Every IBSF nation can register a maximum of three teams/athletes per discipline and gender.
As to the position of bobsleigh pilot, participation is allowed only for pilots who have obtained a license and competed in an official IBSF event during the previous season in the relevant discipline.
The starting order for the competition is determined by draw.
The World Push Championships are carried out with three heats per discipline.
- 1st heat: from starting number 1 to the end
- 2nd heat: from starting number 1 to the end
- 3rd heat/finale: from the 10th to the 1st according to the ranking after the 2nd heat