The bobsleigh is a staple of the Olympic Games. Along with skeleton and luge, this is one among the three sliding events on the Beijing 2022 schedule.
What is bobsleigh?
Bobsleighing is a sport that originated in the 1880s in both logging villages in upstate New York and resort towns in the Swiss Alps. This is a sport where two or four people slide down a natural or manufactured ice surface slope on a four-runner sled. Facts about bobsleigh in Olympic The bobsleigh sport at the Games offers 12 medals, with two competitions for men and two for women, such as the newly designed women’s mono bob event. We present to you the top unknown five facts you should know about the event of bobsleigh at the Olympics.
1. The reigning champions
At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Germany took gold in every bobsleigh competition. In the four-person (men) bobsleigh, three champions have emerged in the past three Winter Games. Still, the World Championships success of Francesco Friedrich along with his three team members indicates the German team is the one to win over everyone in Beijing. The four-person team is the reigning Olympic winners, having handily won gold at the 2021 World Championships in a record of 3:35.02 – 0.79 seconds.
2. Two- woman bobsleigh competition
The two-woman bobsleigh was only added to the Olympic schedule in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Games, but it has since produced some prominent figures. Gold medalist Kaillie Humphries (USA), with partner Heather Moyse (Canada), is one of them. In PyeongChang, Humphries took gold with brake woman Phylicia George. She now competes for the United States, and she and brakeman Lolo Jones claimed the 2021 World Championships.
3. Champion of bobsleigh woman category
Mariama Jamanka with Lisa Buckwitz as a team of Germany is the current Olympic winners in the category. At the same time, Jamanka ranked sixth at the 2021 World Championships with teammate Vanessa Mark.
4. Two-men bobsled
The two-person (men) bobsled event in Pyeongchang 2018 was undoubtedly the most exciting tournament. The teams from Germany and Canada won gold medals by completing the race at the same time. The German team was driven by Francesco Friedrich (GER), who also took gold in the four-person event in PyeongChang. Freidrich is the central star in this competition, having won a remarkable seven World Championships in a row.
5. Debut of women’s mono bob
The women’s mono bob had its first Olympic appearance at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, held in Beijing. Kaillie Humphries, the 2021 World Champion, was one of the prominent names, along with two other American participants. Stephanie Schneider of Germany, who is the world silver medallist, is indeed a significant candidate for competing for the gold in Beijing Olympics.