Bobsledding

Zach Gregarek ‘14
Reporter

 

Bobsledding is one of the most exciting winter games; athletes take part in high-speed races in either two-, four-, or five-person sleds. The race takes place on an ice-covered track and sleds can reach speeds as fast as 90 miles per hour!
Olympic bobsleds are composed of a hull, frame, a front axle, a rear axle, and two sets of runners that are made of steel. To drive the sled, the driver uses rings that are connected to the steering mechanism. At the beginning of the race, the members of the team have to give the sled a good push to get it going. To help them out with this, they wear spiked shoes to gain more traction in order to get a better push.
Olympic bobsledding consists of three events: A two-man bobsleigh competition, a four-man bobsleigh competition, and a women’s bobsleigh competition.
The USA women’s two-man team took both silver and bronze in the bobsled competition while the men took a bronze in both the two-man event and the four-man event.
According to www.sochi2014.com, Bobsledding entered the Olympics in 1924 but it wasn’t until the year 1999 that women’s bobsledding was introduced. Women competed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002 for the first time and have been competing since!