By Robert H. Kelly
(Lake Placid, NY-January 15, 2006) The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation have announced that Kevin Ellis of Dallas, Texas has been nominated in the sport of skeleton for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
The United States Olympic Committee will review the nominations and make the final decision on his participation in the Games.
Zach Lund, of Salt Lake City, Utah and Eric Bernotas of Avondale, Pennsylvania were also nominated to the team.
As a result of the USA being ranked second overall in World Cup points, they were allowed to nominate three male athletes.
All three men will be making their Olympic debut in Turin.
Ellis, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, began sliding in 1999.
His best finish in a world class event was a second place finish in the America’s Cup race Calgary, Canada in November, 2004.
Ellis uses his experience in track and field to give him an advantage at the start.
He holds many start records in both the United Sates and around the world.
He was ranked twenty-fourth in the world for the 2005 season.