Lake Placid fends off Swiss competition to land 2021 IBSF World Championships

The US resort of Lake Placid has held off competition from St. Moritz, Switzerland to land hosting rights to the 2021 Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships.

The appointment of Lake Placid was made at the annual congress of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) in the US city of Salt Lake City. Lake Placid got 24 votes to St. Moritz’s 19. 

Lake Placid, which is located in the state of New York, hosted the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympic Games and has also provided the setting for bobsleigh and skeleton World Championships a total of 10 times to date. 

The last time World Championship medals were awarded at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Combination Bobsled, Skeleton & Luge Track was back in 2012.

Königssee in Germany hosted the 2017 World Championships in February after the event was stripped from the Russian city of Sochi in December. The IBSF had moved swiftly to find a replacement for Sochi, which saw its hosting rights withdrawn amid the threat of a boycott in response to the doping scandal engulfing Russian sport.

The decision was made following the publication in December of the second part of the McLaren Report into systematic, state-sponsored doping in Russia. Latvia had already pulled out of competing at the Sochi event, while South Korea and the US were also reportedly considering a boycott.

Ahead of the 2021 Championships in Lake Placid, the event will head to Whistler, Canada in 2019 and Altenberg, Germany in 2020. There will be no event next year due to the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Meanwhile Lillehammer in Norway, has been awarded the 2018 IBSF Para-Sport World Championships.