agility and breathtaking speeds best define the sport in which
two or four-member bobsled teams push together to start down the
straights - only to face some of the sharpest turns in sport - at
speeds of up to 135 km/h (84 mph).
Bobsleighing (or bobsledding as it is known in the U.S.) began
in Switzerland as a gentleman's pursuit among the rich at 19th
century ski resorts - the most famous of them at St. Moritz where
bobsled club was formed in 1897.
of official rules and experimentation with different tracks eventually
led to the sport being recognized at the
Olympics at Chamonix. Two-man teams were introduced at the
Lake Placid games in 1932.
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of the sport came with the imposition of weight limits on individual
bobsled team members, and as fiberglass replaced the wooden sleds
to increase speeds.
At the Winter Olympics, a driver and brakeman make up the two-member
bobsled team with two pushers joining in for the four-member team.
After four rounds, the team which records the fastest time wins.
if the sled overturns before the finish line, the race is still
considered valid - but only if all team members remain inside
DID YOU KNOW? Olympic bobsled fun facts
• Where did the term "bobsledding" come from? The sport got its name after early racers helped propelled the sled forward by bobbing their heads back and forth.
• Four athletes have ever won a medal in the summer and winter Olympics. Eddie Eagan is the only U.S. athlete to do so, winning boxing and bobsled.
• Bobsledding is considered one of the priciest sports in the world due to the equipment costs. A bobsled can run upwards of $50,000 or more -- excluding the blades, which will run an extra $10,000.
• Although a familiar sight now, female bobsledders were not allowed to compete in the sport until 2002 at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
More about Olympic bobsled around the Web:
- International Olympic Committee - Bobsleigh Overview of the bobsleigh competitions, list of events, overview of equipment and history, Olympic records, videos and picture gallery.
- Bobsleigh and skeleton history,
current results and standings, athlete profiles and biographies,
pictures, video clips, headline news. IBSF
Bobsleigh and Skeleton
- Team history and profiles, results
and standing, pictures, news, related resources. USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
- Official team site offering sport history,
standings and results, pictures, athlete biographies, in English
and French. Bobsleigh
- Report archived
from 1994 with an excellent history and overview, bobsled trivia,
animated illustration. Washingtonpost.com
- Everything You Need to Know About Bobsled