Bobsledding has come a long way since the days when daredevils rode homemade wooden sleds down ice tracks in Europe. The mode of transportation in question is the bobsled, or bobsleigh in the UK and Australia.
The sport really took off when Caspar Badrutt, the owner of the Krup Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland, built the first half pipe course in the middle of the 1800s.
Fans used to make their own prototypes by modifying wood-carrying sleds and adding steering gears.
However, the current design, which combines two sleds into one, is usually credited to an American named Stephen Whitney.
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What do you need to be good at bobsleigh, a sport in which pilots steer their sleds at dizzying speeds between ice walls while pushers behind them use brute force to get the sled rolling and then squat as low as they can to reduce friction?
One athlete who can answer this question with confidence is Germany’s Francesco Friedrich, who won everything at PyeongChang 2018 and kept going strong in the year after. Friedrich kept being the best even after he won two gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
From Sigulda (LAT) on December 8 to Calgary (CAN) on February 23, 2019, the German pilot won eight straight two-man World Cup races, four four-man victories, and seven podium places to finish the season on top of both rankings.
In addition to winning the gold medal in PyeongChang, he also won the two-man and four-man IBSF World Championships at the Whistler Sliding Centre with the same partners, Thorsten Margis, Candy Bauer, and Martin Grothkopp (CAN).
Friedrich’s success shows that he is a good pilot, but Normunds Kotans, who won the gold medal at PyeongChang 2018, said that’s not all there is to it.
Elements To Win In Bobsleigh
It’s interesting to see that the team with the best equipment and most skilled players doesn’t always win. You’ll need all of these things to work together. Getting all of those things to work together isn’t easy, and you need some luck to do it.
Importance Of Bobsleigh
The job of a bobsleigh pilot is like that of a conductor. Everyone on the team has to use visualization techniques to see themselves at every turn of the descent. They then have to coordinate their timing and efforts so that the whole thing goes off without a hitch.
Even though the Olympics feature the best bobsledders in the world, they also give the sport’s rising stars a chance to show what they can do.
Many Chinese crews were at PyeongChang 2018 to train for Beijing 2022. They were joined by crews from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria, and Jamaica. Each one is trying to find the right balance between speed and working together.
Mechanics Of a Bobsleigh Team
Shauna Rohbock, a bobsleigh coach who won a silver medal with the U.S. in the Olympics, explained how the team works this way: “The pushers are the most excited before the race, while the pilot is the most calm.
As they start to push, they have to switch from rock and roll to classical music because you need to be pumped up at first and then calmed down later.” The next thing that happens is like a dance to the music.”
Even though the Nigerian women’s team came in last place at their first Olympics in PyeongChang, they wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s hard to find the right words for everything, “Akuoma Omeoga stated.
“We speak for all African women and the country of Nigeria,” in other words. Seun Adigun, her pilot and teammate, said something similar: “Being an Olympian is all about dedication, perseverance, teamwork, honor, confidence, loyalty, and all the other things that go into achieving and being perfect.”
Coaches Heath Spencer and Manuel Machata are sure that young Chinese pilot Shao Yijun, who finished 26th in the four-man bob at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, will soon be one of the best in the world.
Spencer added, “For me, bobsleigh is all about racing, speed, the adrenaline rush, teamwork, being competitive, and making friends with people from other countries when I’m not on the track.” They will have reached the top in four years. They are smart, young, and interested in learning.
The final two runs of the four-man competition ended the bobsleigh events at PyeongChang 2018 on the same day as the Closing Ceremony. Silver was split between the second-placed Republic of Korea team of Won Yun-jong and the second-placed German team of Nico Walter.
Kevin Kuske, who was 39 years old and sailing in his last race, was on the German team. Kuske is the best bobsledder in the 94-year history of the sport. He has won six medals at the Olympics, including four golds.