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  • Olympic Debut: 01/25/1924

Bobsleigh was born in the late 19th century when the Swiss attached a steering mechanism to a toboggan.  In 1897 the world’s first club was founded in St. Moritz, future home to two Olympic Winter Games, and by 1914 races were taking place on a variety of natural ice courses throughout Europe.

Check out the Sochi 2014 Bobsleigh Team

Bobsleigh was on the program of the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924 with a men’s four-man event.  The men’s two-man event was added at Lake Placid 1932 and both events have appeared at every Olympic Winter Games since then with the exception of Squaw Valley 1960 when the organizing committee opted not to build a track to reduce expenses.  Women first competed in Olympic bobsleigh at Salt Lake City 2002 when a two-man event was added.

Today’s sleds are built to be fast and aerodynamic with a rounded fiberglass nose and four highly polished steel runners.  Competitors use a running start to push the sled as fast as they can for approximately 50 metres before jumping into the sled.  While the driver steers down the track, the brakeman (and two other athletes in the four-man) bends into a low position stopping the sled at the end of the run.

Take a look at where Canada’s Sochi 2014 Bobsleigh athletes call home


Four-Man - Men

Only men compete in the four-man event. Consisting of four heats held over two days, the winners are the team with the lowest cumulative time after all four heats. Times are measured to the hundredth of a second (0.01).

Two-Man - Men and Women

There is a men's two-man event and a women's two-man event. Consisting of four heats held over two days, the winners are the team with the lowest cumulative time after all four heats. Times are measured to the hundredth of a second (0.01).

Canadian Medallists







GoldVic Emery, Doug Anakin, Peter Kirby, John EmeryInnsbruck 1964Men's Four-Man -
GoldPierre Lueders, Dave MacEachernNagano 1998Men's Two-Man -
GoldKaillie Humphries, Heather MoyseVancouver 2010Women's Two-Man -
SilverPierre Lueders, Lascelles BrownTurin 2006Men's Two-Man -
SilverHelen Upperton, Shelley-Ann BrownVancouver 2010Women's Two-Man -
BronzeLyndon Rush, Chris Le Bihan, David Bissett, Lascelles BrownVancouver 2010Men's Four-Man -
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