They are slipping and sliding away in Lake Placid, the best in the world going "sled to sled" in a competition that could lead to the Olympics.
"I think I'm in first right now, so it's pretty good. Yep, I'm in first," said Noelle Pikus-Pace of Utah.
Pikus-Pace is a skeleton racer. Skeleton and bobsledding are the events 21 countries compete in for the 2013 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup.
"Skeleton is a crazy sport where we run and jump headfirst onto this little sled. It looks like a cookie sheet; it's like 70 pounds or so," Pikus-Pace said.
The World Cup Tour in Lake Placid continues through Dec. 15. All are invited to come see the daredevils in action and event organizers say if you're in the area, this is something you don't want to miss.
"You know they're gonna dine and shop on Main Street and doing a little skiing, then boom. They see this international race here and they come away with this entirely new experience and an appreciation of what Lake Placid has to offer," said Jon Lundin of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.
Spectators get to see if these bobsledders and skeleton racers will get to go to the Olympics in 2014.
"I can't imagine being one of the competitors going down, how fast they're going. It's gotta be completely cold. Cold, cold, cold," said Jim Durkish of Harrisville.
Pikus-Pace hopes her trip down the chute at 90 miles per hour is enough to get her to the Olympics.
"These races all add up, the whole World Cup circuit. We get points at every single competition we go to and by January 18th, as long as we're in the top so many in the world, then we're gonna qualify for the games. It's looking pretty good right now," Pikus-Pace said.
Friday, Pikus-Pace finished in first, which seems to be a good omen for a gold medal.
The World Cup continues Saturday and Sunday at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.
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