Lake Placid to host worlds in '12, not '13

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The bobsled and skeleton world championships are returning to Mount Van Hoevenberg one year sooner than expected.

The Olympic Sports Complex track outside Lake Placid was awarded the 2013 worlds last year. But after a meeting in Calgary, Lake Placid has switched dates with St. Moritz, Switzerland, which was scheduled to host the 2012 event.

Jim Goff of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says the change was primarily made because of team travel to Sochi, Russia, for Olympic training in 2013. Goff says the FIBT and its member nations felt it would be easier for teams to travel from St. Moritz to Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Games.

Exact dates for the 2012 world championships at Lake Placid have not been set, but the races are expected to be held in mid-February.