Bobsleigh is one of the exciting sports at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Here is an in-depth guide on the Olympic sport.
Brief Background of Bobsledding at the Winter Olympics
Since the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, bobsledding events have taken place at every Winter Olympics, except for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. There are currently three bobsledding events, but that has not always been the case. In fact, the only event that was played at the first Olympics was the four-man event. The two-man event started in 1932, and the two-woman event began in 2002. As for notable bobsledders throughout the history of the Winter Olympic sport, the most successful athletes are Wolfgang Hoppe, Eugenio Monti, and Bogdan Musiol.
This year’s tournament will begin on February 16, 2014, and conclude on February 23. The three events will take place at the Sliding Center Sanki in Krasnaya Polyana. There are 23 nations that have athletes competing in bobsledding, including Canada, Germany, Russia, and the United States. Germany has the most bobsledders at the 2014 Winter Olympics, with 18. In all, there are 169 athletes.
As for qualification, a limit of 170 bobsledders can compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Out of the 170 bobsledders that can qualify, there is a limit of 130 men and 40 women. These bobsledders have qualified based on world rankings.
Key bobsledders at the 2014 Winter Olympics
A few of the notable bobsledders that will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics on the United States men’s team are Steve Holcomb and Steven Langton. As for the women’s team, Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams are the most notable; they are both notable for actually making the team because the two of them competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in track and field.
Other notable bobsledders are: Kaillie Humphries (Canada), Elana Meyers (United States), Maximilian Arndt (Germany), Winston Watts (Jamaica), Beat Hefti (Switzerland) and Alexander Zubkov (Russia).
Possible outcome of the three Bobsleigh events
I believe that the United States will have great success in all three bobsleigh events. The men’s four-man event could easily go to the United States, because of Holcomb, who may be the best bobsledder at the event. As for the two-man event, the United States will have a difficult time beating the Switzerland team piloted by all-time great Beat Hefti. Look for the United States team to take Silver. The only women bobsled event will likely go to Canada, but the United States team that is piloted by Elana Meyers should at least earn a medal.
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