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Winter sport competition season in Utah is in full force with three World Cup Competitions

Winter sport competition season in Utah is in full force with three World Cup Competitions slated in November and December ahead of Sochi Winter Games

Sliding Events Open Free to Public/VIP Ticket Open New This Year

PARK CITY, UT (November 7, 2013) ?›ƒ?ªƒ?? The winter sport competition season is in full swing. Utah, rich in Olympic legacy, is hosting a number of events with significance for Olympians and aspiring athletes. Ahead of the Sochi Winter Games, athletes vying for an opportunity to compete in Russia are in the height of their training and competing season, where every race finish counts.

In the next six weeks, the following World Cup competitions are scheduled in Utah:

???ú Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating, November 15 to 17 at Utah Olympic Oval
???ú International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT) World Cup, December 6 and 7 at Utah Olympic Park
???ú International Luge Federation (FIL) World Cup, December 13 and 14 at Utah Olympic Park

Up first, the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating competition is scheduled for November 15 ?›ƒ?ªƒ?? 17. The host venue, Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, boasts the ?›ƒ?ª??Fastest Ice on Earth?›ƒ?ªƒ?› with over 75 world records since the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. Top competitors will be racing and earning points based on their results with the top 12 skaters in each long track distance earning a start position on their country?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s team. General admission tickets and VIP passes are available by day or for the full event and available online at UtahSportEvents.org.

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT) World Cup is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7 at Utah Olympic Park in Park City. The Utah stop is the second in a series of seven World Cup competitions. The schedule includes two- and four- men?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s and women?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s bobsled races as well as men?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s and women?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s skeleton races. General admission is free.

The following weekend, the International Luge Federation (FIL) World Cup will take place on for Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14. The federation expects up to 20 nations competing in men?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s and women?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s single and doubles races with a field of 100 to 120 athletes. For the U.S. athletes, results from the first five World Cups of the season will be used to determine the make-up of the Sochi Olympic Team. The race in Park City is the final of in the count of five events. General admission is free.

New this year for the two sliding sport World Cup events, a limited number of VIP tickets will be made available to the public. VIP tickets provide guests access to special parking area and viewing area with hospitality. VIP tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at UtahSportEvents.org or on-site at Utah Olympic Park. Choose from two-day VIP passes for either the Bobsled and Skeleton or Luge World Cup events.

The Utah Sports Commission, a leading supporter of winter sporting events in the state, and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, which oversees and manages both the Utah Olympic Oval and Utah Olympic Park, have been working in concert to host these world-class international sporting events.

For more information on these events, daily race schedules, and to purchase tickets, please visit UtahSportEvents.org.

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ATHLETE RECREATIONAL HOBBIES – Athletes play sports and enjoy recreational hobbies outside of the sport of US Speedskating to keep their activity level up in the off-season. Find out what activities make up USS athletes?›ƒ?ªƒ?› favorite things to do to stay fit:
Brittany Bowe (LT): College basketball, soccer, football, ultimate Frisbee and successful inline skating career
ATHLETE PHILANTHROPY ACTIVITIES – Philanthropy is a passion of many athletes as so many make sacrifices to help USS athletes reach their Olympic dreams. USS athletes recognize this and in return like to give back to their community to make a difference for someone else.
Heather Richardson: Guided Post of Strength, a cancer based organization that provides support to close family members and friends
Brittany Bowe: Right to Play

About Utah Sports Commission
The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit 501c6 business league and Utah Sports Commission Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit utahsportscommission.com

About Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is a Utah non-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for managing and maintaining world-class Olympic legacy facilities and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate, educate, and excel in winter sports. Inspired by the success and momentum of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, the Foundation has turned its focus toward embracing, engaging and involving Utah?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s youth in winter sport. From community-based recreational camps, progression-oriented development programs to its official designation as an official U.S. Olympic Training Site, the Foundation ?›ƒ?ªƒ?? including both Utah Olympic Park and Oval facilities ?›ƒ?ªƒ?? represents the future of winter sports in North America. For more information, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.com or call 435-658-4200.

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