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Alpine Skiing !!
Boardercross and Skicross
luge ,bobsled and skeleton
In Russia they won the bobsled competition in the Olympics which
Makes them one of the worlds best candidates in bobsled ever but the ones who won the most time are the Switzerland and Germany.
The sport of bobsleigh didn't begin until the late 19th century
In 1897, the world's first bobsleigh club was founded in
St. Moritz, Switzerland, spurring the growth of the sport in winter resorts throughout Europe. By 1914, bobsled races were taking place on a wide variety of natural ice courses.
The first racing sleds were made of wood but were soon replaced by steel sleds that came to be known as bobsleds, so named because of the way back and forth to increase their speed on the straight-away.
In 1923, the Federation international of bobsleigh was founded and the following year a four-man race took place at the first ever Winter Olympics in
Chamonix, France. A two-man event was added at the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid U.S.A. a format that has remained to the present.
Bobsled racing began largely as an activity for the rich and adventurous who gathered at alpine resorts for weekends of competition and partying.
By the 1950s, however, the sport as we know it today had begun to take shape. As the importance of the start was known, strong, fast athletes in other sports were drawn to bobsledding.
the World Cup competition in the mid-1980s, bobsleigh success was determined solely by performance at the Olympics, World and European Championships. However the World Cup series has added an exciting new dimension to the sport where on different tracks and season-long are rewarded.
By far the most successful b
It is required that Bobsledders wear helmets.
they might choose a very good motorcycle helmet. Most Bobsledders will also wear goggles
to protect their eyes. Most choose goggles over face shields because face shields have a
tendency to fog up. Also for safety reasons, some Bobsledders will wear elbow, knee, shoulder,
and neck pads.
Bobsledders wear skin-tight body suits that are usually made of Lycra .
This type of body suit is designed to diminish wind resistance. The shoes Bobsledders
wear have spikes along the edge of the soles so that when they are pushing the sled they will have
traction when running on the ice. All members of the Bobsled team might wear gloves although some Bobsled drivers choose to use bare hands so they can better feel and control the steering ropes.
Bobsleds are designed for speed. They are shaped like a bullet with tapered fins in both the front
bumpers to protect the sled and its occupants when a sled bumps or runs into a wall. The 2-person sled
all sleds will weigh the same amount if a sled weighs less than the fixed weight, then ballast, additional weight, will be added to that sled.
The frame of most bobsleds is made of iron and carbon and the cowling or body that fits over the frame is made of
fiberglass or cevlar carbon. Two sets of steel runners is what the frame and body ride on. The runners are moveable
in front but fixed in the rear and each pair of runners will have a distance (width) between them of 26 inches (67 centimeters).
So the width of the body is just slightly wider then the width between the runners
September 26, 1970
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ht: / Wt:
6'0" / 220 lbs
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