BOBSLEIGH 'BOB SLEDDING' - Overview
Invented by a group of Englishmen on holiday in Switzerland in 1890. Their aim was to create a sled that could carry two or more people down a snow covered road between St Mortiz and Celerina. The new sport immediately caught on and a special track, complete with banked curves made of ice was constructed next to the road in 1902.
Bobsleigh has evolved over the years into a dramatically exciting and demanding sport with competitions run down ice tracks that are at least 1500m long, have at least 15 banked curves which allow speeds of over 90 mph to be achieved.
The bobsledder of today is a highly trained athlete, a good start at the beginning of the run (lauf) is vital. It is the pilots responsibility to steer the bobsleigh down the track in the most efficient way possible. Bobsleigh is a team sport and teamwork is the essential ingredient in order to create the perfect harmony necessary to complete a successfully course from start to finish.
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