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Other Winter Sports - 30. October 2009.

Strong GB team prepare for World Cup challenge

British Skeleton has named a strong team to compete on the World Cup circuit for the first part of the 2009/10 season – a season that culminates in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Shelley Rudman, Britain’s Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games silver medallist, and Amy Williams, silver medallist at the 2009 World Championships, are joined by Donna Creighton in the GB women’s team for the first five World Cup competitions of the season.
It is the first time Great Britain has qualified places for three men and three women to compete on the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) World Cup circuit.

Maggie Davies and Sarah Sydney. Will represent Great Britain in the Intercontinental Cup series
Davies Rudman, and Williams are currently in Canada for a series of test runs on the Whistler Sliding Centre track that will be used at the Olympic Winter Games.
The 2009/10 season is particularly significant as it reaches its climax at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Nations may qualify up to three places per gender for the Olympic Winter Games, with qualification based on the placings of nations’ athletes on the FIBT World Ranking list after round seven of the World Cup.
The FIBT World Ranking list takes into account performances on both the World Cup and Intercontinental Cup circuits. Final selections are made by the British Olympic Association.
Key dates in the 2009/10 skeleton season
26.10.09-07.11.09: training fortnight at Vancouver 2010 track
12.11.09: Men’s & women’s World Cup 1 - Park City, USA
20.11.09: Men’s & women’s World Cup 2 - Lake Placid, USA
27.11.09: Men’s & women’s Intercontinental Cup 1 – Winterberg, Germany
29.11.09: Men’s & women’s Intercontinental Cup 2 – Winterberg, Germany
04.12.09: Men’s & women’s World Cup 3 - Cessana, Italy
05.12.09: Men’s & women’s Intercontinental Cup 3 – Konigssee, Germany
11.12.09: Men’s & women’s World Cup 4 - Winterberg, Germany
11.12.09: Men’s & women’s Intercontinental Cup 4 – Cessana, Italy
18.12.09: Men’s & women’s World Cup 5 - Altenberg, Germany
07.01:10: Men’s & women’s Intercontinental Cup 5 – Lake Placid, USA
08.01.10: Men’s & women’s World Cup 6 - Konigssee, Germany
14.01.10: Men’s & women’s Intercontinental Cup 6 – Calgary, Canada
15.01.10: Men’s & women’s World Cup 7 - St Moritz, Switzerland
15.01.10: Men’s & women’s Intercontinental Cup 7 – Calgary, Canada
22.01.10: Women’s World Cup 8 (including Euro Champs) – Igls, Austria
22.01.10: Men’s & women’s Intercontinental Cup 8 – Park City, USA
23.01.10: Men’s World Cup 8 (including Euro Champs) – Igls, Austria
12.02.10-28.02.10: Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Canada
18.02.10: Men’s & women’s Olympic heats 1 & 2 – Whistler, Canada
19.02.10: Men’s & women’s Olympic heats 3 & 4 – Whistler, Canada

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