Winter Olympic Games: Bobsleigh

Bob is a winter sport characterized by timed tracks that descend on narrow, winding, sloping, icy slopes using a gravity-powered sled. The final score is a calculation of timed races. The name “bob” comes from a technique used by competitors, and players moved back and forth while they were inside the sled to speed up the speed.

The event

Bobsleigh is a tournament that takes place during the Winter Olympic Games in which a team of two or four people drives a specially designed sled to run on an ice-covered track. The team competing on the track with the fastest time emerges as the winner. The first bobsleigh event took place in 1924 during the very first Winter Games, in Chamonix, France. However, to avoid expenses, the event was not presented at the Squaw Valley 1960 Winter Olympic Games since the organizing committee decided not to build a track. In addition to the exception, participants in the bob event competed in every game organized since then. A two-man event was introduced for the first time in 1932, while in 2002, at the Winter Olympics,


Bob is among the five original sports at the Winter Olympic Games. Initially, the winter games took place after a four-year period between 1924 and 1936. The Winter Olympic Games were not held in 1940 and 1944 due to the Second World War, but later resumed in the year 1948. However, in 1992, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to alternate the games every two years between the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Although sledding on ice or snow is popular in most northern countries, the sport itself originated only a few decades ago. Bob evolved from two skeleton sledges connected to a board; a driving mechanism has been added to the front of the sled. Although the first formal competitions took place on snow-covered roads, in St.

Different governing bodies

International bobsleigh competitions are governed by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, also by the French International Federation of Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT). On the other hand, national competitions are governed by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. The FIBT was established in 1923. Popular bobsleigh events include European and American championships and world championships. As for the overall success in the world, Olympic, world and European championships, both Switzerland and Germany have proven to be the nations to beat. However, the Germans have managed to dominate international bobsleigh competitions taking the lead since 1990. Compared to other countries, the Germans have won more medals over the years.

Bob traces

The modern bobsleigh tracks are constructed of concrete which is then covered with ice, with a maze requirement and at least a straight section. A modern bobsleigh track should be around 3,900 to 4,300 feet-long with at least fifteen bends. In several countries such as Latvia, Canada, Italy, Norway and France, tourists are offered bobsleigh trips. The Petersen is the most famous of all shifts; is a renowned brand for its 108 grades and the angle of the 270 degree counter, named after the pioneering circuit designer Heidi Petersen. Several bobsleigh tracks are also used for skeleton and sled races.



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