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Bremerton bobsledder Bree Schaaf slid to a fifth-place finish in a World Cup race at Lake Placid, N.Y. on Friday. Schaaf was fourth after the first run. Here’s a look at the final results. The race was a makeup for last week’s race that was cancelled in Park City, Utah. The regular stop at Lake Placid, the fourth race on the World Cup tour, will be held Saturday.
The Olympic High grad, no doubt, would have liked a higher finish, but her push times were more competitive with the leaders and that’s a good sign as she and partner Emily Azevedo, the brakeman from Chico, Calif., move forward.
Schaaf and Azevedo placed fifth at the 2010 Olympics held on the Whistler Slider Centre track in February. Schaaf ranked No. 9 in the world a year ago and was fifth heading into this weekend’s races.
Willie Bloomquist, a free agent, continues to be linked to the Washington Nationals. Here’s another story that indicates the Port Orchard native could fit in as a utility player with the Nats. Bloomquist has also been mentioned as the kind of player the Mets might be looking for.
This post on MLB.com suggests South Kitsap grad Aaron Cunningham could very likely start the season at Triple-A next year despite playing well for the Padres.
Finally, for the reader who wanted to know about how Central Kitsap grad Todd Linden fared this year in Japan, here’s the finals stats for Tohokou Rakuten Golden Eagles. Linden was injured early and never did get untracked. He hit .185 and played in just 53 games.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association hosts its annual awards banquet on Wednesday at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. Silverdale’s Randy Corley, once again, is up for announcer of the year. The man with the smooth, velvet voice has done more to put the Kitsap Stampede on the map than anyone. Here’s a full list of nominees. Here’s 10 things you should know about the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which runs Dec. 2-11 in Vegas. All 10 rounds will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN Classic or webcast on ESPN3.
Bree Schaaf of Bremerton competes in her second World Cup bobsled race of the year on Friday at Park City, Utah. She’s coming off a sixth-place finish at Whistler, B.C. … Swimmer Nathan Adrian of Bremerton will compete in the U.S. Short-Course Nationals Thursday through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and heads to Dubai for the World Short-Course Championships on Dec. 15-19. The University of California senior established himself as one of the elite sprinters in the world and should be among the favorites for a gold medal in 2012 in London in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. … I’ve been told golfer Troy Kelly is still experiencing some soreness, but is making progress after his hip replacement surgery. The Central Kitsap grad shot a 64 recently at the Plantation Golf Course in Palm Springs, Calif. Here’s some background on Kelly’s surgery, which took place in early September.
Bremerton native and Olympic bobsledder Bree Schaaf will attend
Sunday’s Xtreme Bulls competition at the Kitsap County Stampede.
She’ll be on hand to meet the public, sign autographs and take
pictures during the 1 p.m. meet-and-greet session.
Community members can support Schaaf’s pursuit of the 2014 Winter Olympics by donating to her training fund (Bree Ann Schaaf Bobsled Donations) at any Puget Sound area branch of U.S. Bank.
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.