June 02, 2015

GHENT, Belgium (AP) The 2019 bobsled and skeleton world championships have been assigned to the 2010 Olympics track in Whistler, Canada.

Whistler edged Altenberg, Germany, by one vote - 20-19 - at the international federation's congress Tuesday.

St. Moritz in Switzerland was eliminated in the first round of voting.

It will mark the first worlds in Canada since the 2005 event in Calgary.

The Whistler track is where 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a crash during a practice run just hours before the start of the 2010 Games, prompting criticism that the course was too fast.

Luge is not part of the bobsled and skeleton worlds.

Next year's worlds are scheduled for Igls, Austria, with the 2017 event slated for last year's Olympic track in Sochi, Russia.

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