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Utahns Bradley Nicol and the Park twins skeleton to top tens at the UOP’s international race

PARK CITY, Utah — The Utah Olympic Park (UOP) hosted the International Bobsleigh Skeleton Federation’s (IBSF) North American Cup for skeleton on Dec. 9 and 10, where Utahns Bradley Nicol slid onto the podium and twins Baden and Noah Park took top tens.

The sleds of the 11 nations were reaching speeds of 82 mph, getting down the track in runs that take approximately 50 seconds each.

RESULTS:

Dec. 9: Men:

  1. Korea
  2. Ireland
  3. Canada

Dec. 9: Women:

  1. United States of America
  2. Canada
  3. Korea

Dec. 10: Men: 

  1. Korea
  2. Ireland
  3. United States of America

Dec. 10: Women:

  1. United States of America
  2. United States of America
  3. Korea

Springville, Utah’s Bradley Nicol got third place on Dec. 10, his highest result in an international skeleton race, and Park City being his home track made it much more special. At the UOP to cheer him on were his dad, Jay, his mom, Eun, his uncle Curtis, and two cousins. From here, Nicol is headed to Lillehammer, Norway, and then Innsbruck, Austria, for races there. 

17-year-old twins Noah and Baden Park are juniors at Salt Lake City’s Skyline High School and train and compete on this, their home track, when they’re not playing on their school’s lacrosse team. Their dad, Doug, was on hand to cheer them on at this UOP race as they each individually slid into the top ten respectively. Both brothers will represent the USA in the Korea Youth Olympic Games in January.

Utahn Cassie Ravelli and her dad and brother have worked at and with the UOP in the sport of skeleton since before the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics. For this particular race, she was the IBSF Jury President. She told TownLift, “The track was excellent here this week. We had one weather day where we had a little snow but then beautiful Park City, sunshine delivered as we always like to have here for great racing.”

Representing Israel, skeleton men’s athlete Oren Milstein told TownLift that if he weren’t flying back to the East Coast directly after the race, he would have enjoyed his invitation to Park City’s community menorah-lighting ceremony.

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