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Bobsleigh is a winter sport invented by the Swiss in the late 1860s in which teams make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled.

19th century beginnings

The sport of bobsleigh didn't begin until the late 19th century when the Swiss attached two skeleton sleds together and added a steering mechanism to make a toboggan. A chassis was added to give protection to wealthy tourists and the world's first bobsleigh club was founded in St Moritz, Switzerland in 1897.

Super heavy

By the 1950s, the critical importance of the start had been recognized and athletes with explosive strength from other sports were drawn to bobsledding. In 1952, a critical rule change limiting the total weight of crew and sled ended the era of the super heavyweight bobsledder and rebalanced the sport as an athletic contest.

Back and forth

In its original form, the first races used skeleton sleds made of wood. However, they were soon replaced by steel sleds that came to be known as bobsleighs because of the way crews bobbed back and forth to increase their speed at the start. Today, the world's top teams train year-round and compete mostly on artificial ice tracks in sleek high-tech sleds made of fibreglass and steel.

Olympic history

In 1924, a four-man race took place at the first ever Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. A two-man event was added at the 1932 Lake Placid Games in a format that has remained to the present. The first women's bobsleigh event - the two-woman bobsled - was held in 2002.

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Canada Olympic Gold

Canada takes women's Bobsleigh gold and silver
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The finest pilot of his generation

Four-man bobsleigh requires explosive power from a standing start and the precise steering of a Formula One driver. Thankfully for Andre Lange he had both in abundance. His remarkable run in Olympic competition started at the Utah Olympic Park in a German quartet that never looked like losing their grip on gold.
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- Germany

Bobsleigh/men/two-man - Japan 1998 (Winter)
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- German Democratic Republic (1955-1990,

Bobsleigh/men/two-man, Bobsleigh/men/four-man - Yugoslavia 1984 (Winter)
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Tony Nash - British Bobsleigh Bulldog

An Olympic champion in the two-man bobsleigh at Innsbruck 1964, Tony Nash has a unique story to tell.

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A Unique Double for Eddie Eagan

American Eddie Eagan achieved a unique feat by winning gold medals in both summer and winter sports. In 1920 in Antwerp, he had won the light-heavyweight boxing category at the Olympic Summer Games. In Lake Placid, 12 years later, he won in the four-man bobsleigh.

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