Placid wins World Champs vote

Placid wins World Champs vote

Lake Placid has been chosen to host the 2021 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships.

The American venue was selected ahead of St Moritz in Switzerland during a vote at Wednesday’s International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Congress in Park City.

Lake Placid received 24 votes to St Moritz’ 19, meaning the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics venue is all set to host its 11th World Championships in four years’ time.

The Mt. Van Hoevenberg track last hosted the World Championships in 2012 when current Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold won bronze and compatriots Shelley Rudman and Amy Williams finished fourth and fifth respectively in the Women’s Skeleton.

As 2018 is an Olympic year, the World Championships won’t take place this coming season. Whistler in Canada will host the 2019 event, with Altenberg in Germany the venue for the 2020 championships.

This week’s Congress also saw Lillehammer announced as the host of the 2018 IBSF Para-Sport World Championships.

The Norwegian resort is the most northerly track in the world and was the venue for the 1994 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games.