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Sports

Bobsleigh

Three athletes run beside and behind the bobsleigh and push it while the fourth athlete is already inside at the front.
Team Canada starts the 4-man bobsleigh training session during PyeongChang 2018. (Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

What's it all about?

What would you do if you took your toboggan to the ski hill just to find it frozen? Would you still take a run on the ice? Well, throw in some “yikes!” and “wow!” curves and you pretty much have the exciting sport of bobsleigh.

How it's played

Things to watch for

Aimee Davey of GBR competes in the women's monobob at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, 2016. (Jed Leicester/Getty Images)
Aimee Davey of GBR competes in the women's monobob at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, 2016. (Jed Leicester/Getty Images)

Monobob

  • This is the first time you'll see the women's monobob at the Winter Olympics. 
  • The sled and athlete cannot weigh more than 247 kilograms, and the pilot is the only crew member.
  • They have to push and steer the sled by themselves!
Nick Poloniato and Jesse Lumsden of Canada slide during 2-man bobsleigh at PyeongChang 2018. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Nick Poloniato and Jesse Lumsden of Canada slide during 2-man bobsleigh at PyeongChang 2018. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Wings of Safety

  • The wing-like pieces on the front and back of the bobsled are called bunks.
  • They keep the body of the bobsled from hitting the walls of ice on the course.
  • Wouldn't it be cool if they helped the bobsled fly a little bit?
The Canadian team at the start of the 4-man bobsleigh training session at PyeongChang 2018. (Mark Ralston/Getty Images)
The Canadian team at the start of the 4-man bobsleigh training session at PyeongChang 2018. (Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

Pushers

  • A 4-man bobsled is very heavy, so two people, called pushers, help push it at the start.
  • They sit between the pilot and the brakeman.
Action packed facts.
  • Bobsleigh or bobsled? Both are right! In Canada we tend to say bobsled while bobsleigh is the official name of the sport.

  • To steer a bobsled, the driver pulls a rope with their right hand to go right or a different rope with their left hand to go left.

  • Original sleds were wood. When they were replaced by steel ones, they were nicknamed bobsleds because of how the athletes bobbed back and forth to increase their speed.

  • This year's bobsled track is the first ever in the world to feature a 360-degree turn!

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