Bree Resumes Chase for Olympic Berth

Bremerton’s Bree Schaaf is eighth going into this weekend’s World Cup bobsled race in Germany. If the U.S. maintains its current pace over the next two races, Schaaf will be sliding in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, B.C. in February.

The top two teams get three sleds. Germany’s guaranteed the No. 1 spot and the U.S. currently has a fairly healthy lead over Canada for the No. 2 stop in women’s bobsled.

Here’s the latest press release on the U.S. bobsledders:

The 2009-2010 Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup tou resumes in Knigssee, Germany from Jan. 8-10 after a two-week break. The U.S. team has collected 13 medals to-date, five of them gold. Only three World Cup competitions remain before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Nation quotas for the Olympics will be decided following the St. Moritz, Switzerland race, and the U.S. will name their team no later than Jan. 20.

Bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah) contributed six medals to the overall count after adding four gold medals to his growing resume. The reigning World Champion leads four- man standings with 1,053 points and is ranked sixth in two-man.

U.S. drivers occupy three of the top eight positions in women’s bobsled world standings. Shauna Rohbock (Park City, Utah) is ranked third with 953 points- just eight points from second- after sliding gold and bronze medal performances this season. Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.) is ranked fifth with 928 points after winning two bronze medals this year, and Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.) is ranked eighth with 784 points.

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