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Transcript of Bobsledding
Right now Switzerland has the most medals in this sport. They have 30 prior to the Vancouver Olympics. 9 of which are gold, 10 silver, and 11 bronze.
This years olympics
The Olympic track at the Sanki Sliding Centre winds its way across the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge with a finishing area located in Rzhanaya Polyana. The overall length of the track is 1.814 meters, 314 of which are taken up by the braking area. There are 17 curves with a vertical drop of 132m from top to bottom, with its highest point being located at 836m above sea level and its lowest point at 704m.
When did it become an olympic event?
In 1923 bobsledding became an internationally recognized sport with the organization of the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing and with its inclusion in the first Olympic Winter Games at Chamonix, France, the following year. Since 1931 both two-person and four-person world-championship competitions have been held yearly, except during World War II. Even though women have been participating in this sport since it began but the women’s two-person bobsled event made its Olympic debut in 2002.
Adam is one of the well know bobsledders in the world. He got started in the sport of bobsleigh after taking an ABA driving school in the summer of 2007-08. He made the America’s Cup season last year where he gained significant experience on some of the world’s best tracks. Progressing quickly through the sport, Adam is making his debut on the Europa Cup circuit this year. Outside of bobsleigh, Adam is a soldier in the Canadian Forces Calgary Highlanders and is in his third year of completing his degree Bachelor of Science Neuroscience.
What is the event?
Bobsledding, also called bob sleighing, is the sport of sliding down an ice-covered, natural or artificial incline on a four-runner sled, called a bobsled, bobsleigh, or bob. This sled can hold either 2 or 4 people. The bob run used in international competition is between 1,200 and 1,600 meters long, with an average slope of between 8 and 15 percent. There are generally from 15 to 20 turns per course, ranging in size up to huge hairpins of more than 180°.
Bobsledding developed in the 1880s both in the lumbering towns of upstate New York and at the ski resorts of the Swiss Alps. The first organized competition (among teams consisting of three men and two women) was held in 1898 on the Cresta Run at Saint Moritz, Switzerland. The sport earned its name after competitors adopted the technique of bobbing back and forth to increase the speed of the sled.
A special story
The Jamaican national bobsleigh team represents Jamaica in international bobsledding competitions. The team first gained fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where they were seen as underdogs inasmuch as they represented a tropical nation in a winter sport. The team returned to the Winter Olympics again in 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002. The team failed to qualify for the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Led by driver Winston Watts, Jamaica qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the two-man. Now their problem is finding enough money to actually make it to the olympics this year.