10 things to know about Olympic Bobsleigh for Sochi 2014
December 9, 2013 08:33 am
Venue: Sanki Sliding Center
Gold medals on offer: 3
Dates: Sunday 16 February-Sunday 23 February
G-force: Crews are subjected to 5-g forces when their sled corners a bend at speed
Brakeman: Sits at the back of the sled and controls the speed by applying the brakes at appropriate times
Pushers: In the four-man, two additional athletes help push the sled and then sit in the sled between the pilot and brakeman
Runners: Two highly polished steel sliders on which the sled rides. Strict rules govern their maintenance.
The name bobsled comes from the early racers bobbing their heads up and down in order to increase their speed.
The oldest ever bobsleigh gold medallist was American athlete Jay O’Brien, who topped the podium at Lake Placid 1932 aged 48.