- 02 Feb 2006
- Olympic News
Torino 2006: Bobsleigh and Skeleton at Cesana Pariol
Only The Top Sleds
The total number of teams in the men’s two-man bobsleigh competition has been limited to a maximum of 30 sleds, while the four-man field can accommodate no more than 28 sleds. To reduce the number of sleds and to ensure the highest level of competition, only the top sleds (22 top pilots with a maximum of two per nation) qualify from the World Cup standings. The remaining positions are based on top finishes in the FIBT Challenge Cup races for the Americas and Europe. In 2002 there were 33 teams in the 2002 Olympic four-man competition and 38 teams in the two-man race.
At the Torino 2006 Games the fourth heat of the men’s competitions will involve only the 20 best ranked sleds in reverse order. The final rank for other sleds will be given according to aggregate times from previous heats. At the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games the final heat included all competing athletes.
The women’s bobsleigh competition, which began as a two-heat race in Salt Lake City four years ago, will be held in four heats at the Torino 2006 Games. The field is limited to only the top 15 sleds from the World Cup season, with a maximum field of 16 sleds.
The FIBT skeleton competition at the Torino 2006 Games will follow the same procedure as 2002. The top men’s and women’s sliders from the World Cup gain entry along with a select number of competitors from the Challenge Cup series.
The Olympic Winter Games will run from 10 to 26 February 2006 in Turin. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,600 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.