2021 BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championships | Olympic Sports Complex
February 1 – February 14, 2021
Lake Placid is THE place to be in February as we host the World for the 2021 BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championships. This is the most prestigious bobsleigh and skeleton event in a non-Olympic year, and Lake Placid has a rich history in the sport, including hosting the 1932 & 1980 Olympic Winter Games, 10 World Championships in 1949, 1961, 1969, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1995, 2003, 2009, and 2012 and countless World Cups and other national events.
Join us as we host the World in February 2021!
Stay tuned here as we develop our schedule—we promise it will be action packed and full of excitement, that you can only find in the Winter Sports Capitol of the World—Lake Placid.
Proposed schedule, times TBD and subject to change without notice.
Tuesday, February 2 – Thursday, February 4
- Official Training
Wednesday, February 3
- Athlete Parade & Opening Ceremonies (w/ fireworks)
Friday, February 5 – Competition Day 1
- Women’s Bobsled – 1 & 2 runs
Saturday, February 6 – Competition Day 2
- 2-Man Bobsled – 1 & 2 runs
- Women’s Bobsled – 3 & 4 runs
- Awards Ceremony – Women’s Bobsled
Sunday, February 7 – Competition Day 3
- 2-Man Bobsled – 3 & 4 runs
- Junior Bobsled – Lake Placid Championships
- Awards Ceremony – Men’s Bobsled
- World Championship Athlete Celebration
Monday, February 8 – Wednesday, February 10
- Official Training
Thursday, February 11 – Competition Day 4
- Women’s Skeleton – 1 & 2 runs
Friday, February 12 – Competition Day 5
- Women’s Skeleton – 3 & 4 runs
- Legends of the Sport – Skeleton Race
- Men’s Skeleton – 1 & 2 runs
- Awards Ceremony – Women’s Skeleton
Saturday, February 13 – Competition Day 6
- 4 Man Bobsled – 1 & 2 runs
- Legends of the Sport – Bobsled Race
- Men’s Skeleton – 3 & 4 runs
- Awards Ceremony – Men’s Skeleton
Sunday, February 14 – Competition Day 7
- 4 Man Bobsled – 3 & 4 runs
- Awards Ceremony – 4 Man Bobsled & Team Skeleton
Tickets will be on sale Summer 2020.
World Championship Tickets
|Teen/Adult One Day||13-64||$16|
|Teen/Adult All Event||13-64||$78|
|Junior/Senior One Day||7-12, 65+||$12|
|Junior/Senior Weekend||7-12, 65+||$30|
|Junior/Senior All Event||7-12, 65+||$54|
|Military/1st Responder One Day||With valid ID||$12|
|Military/1st Responder Weekend||With valid ID||$30|
|Military/1st Responder All Event||With valid ID||$54|
|Children 6 and Under||FREE|
|Olympic Sites Passport||With Valid Olympic Sites Passport||FREE one time scan|
|ORDA Season Passholders||With 2020 Season Pass to Bellearye, Gore, Whiteface or Mt. Van Hoevenberg||FREE|
MT. VAN HOEVENBERG HISTORY
1930 – 1978
After Lake Placid won the bid to host the third Olympic Winter Games in 1932, South Meadow Mountain now known as Mount Van Hoevenberg was selected as the site of the first bobsled run in North America.
Late in the spring of 1930, the Polish engineer and famed track designer, Stanislaus Zentzytzki was hired to design a mile and a half earthen track following the contours of the north slope of the mountain.
Once construction began in August 1930, earth and rock were moved to build the run, which was literally dug and blasted out of rock and forest. The Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobrun was originally 1.5 miles long made of earth construction on the straight-aways and the highest curves were built of stone laid between wooden ribbing.
Following the tradition of European tracks each curve was given a name. Whiteface, Shady, Little S and Zig Zag soon became respected and feared curves throughout the world.
The 1932 Olympic Winter Games used the 1 ½ mile track including the dangerous Whiteface curve. Eventually due to the dangers of the hairpin turn, the track was shortened in time for the 1939 Bobsled World Championships.
1978 – 1999
The one mile length was kept as the track was improved for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. In 1973, refrigeration was added to the finish curve and in 1979 the entire one mile track was reconstructed with concrete and refrigeration
The 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid required the construction of North America’s first refrigerated luge track in 1979 and represented the only time a separate track was constructed for luge.
In 1999, the luge track was removed and the original bobsled track was shortened to a half-mile length as construction began on the new combined bobsled, luge, and skeleton track. The combined track opened in 2000 and is considered one of the most technically challenging tracks for sliders of all disciplines.
Extensive work was done to improve the track, including a covering system to protect the track from the elements, upgrades to the refrigeration system and the addition of spectator viewing locations.
In 2019 the venue began another major overhaul. A new centralized lodge and public building containing an indoor refrigerated start facility for Bobsled and Skeleton is currently under construction. This addition will assure Lake Placid’s relevance in the Sliding Sports World for the foreseeable future.