History was made at the Utah Olympic Park when two four-woman bobsled teams, featuring drivers Brittany Reinbolt of the US and Alysia Rissling of Canada, competed alongside men’s teams for the first time ever during the North American Cup on February 7 and 8, 2015. “Competing as the pilot of the first competitive all-woman four-person sled in history has been the highlight of my bobsled career,” said Reinbolt. “I’ve been dreaming of being a woman sports pioneer since I was a little girl, and words can’t describe what it means to accomplish something like that.” The 2016 season promises to feature even more exciting sliding action, with a bobsled and skeleton World Cup event slated for January and North American Cups on the books for late February and early March. Will ladies from the US and Canadian teams get the bands back together for a repeat, glass ceiling–breaking performance? Team selections were not yet finalized as of press time, but chances are, yes. “All of our women are excited to continue moving the sport forward,” says Amanda Bird, marketing and communications director for USA Bobsled & Skeleton. “So I think the possibility of seeing more all-women teams racing in four-man will only increase.”
Icy Events this winter at the UOP:
Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup, Jan 15–16
North American Cup Bobsled, Feb 22–28
North American Cup Skeleton, Feb 29–March 6
For the Utah Olympic Park’s complete winter schedule of events, visit utaholympiclegacy.org.