About the Sport

Bobsleigh consists of three events in the Olympic Programme; the male four-man and two-man and female two-man. Each event consists of four heats, held on two consecutive days, with the final standings determined by the total time over the four runs.

The first bobsleighs appeared in the last two decades of the 19th Century, courtesy of British sportsmen who were searching for the extreme version of the toboggan. The first “bobs” were built in 1886 and were raced down icy, winding roads.

The sport has been part of the official programme since the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix 1924, in which Team GB won a silver medal. The only gold medal to have returned home with a British team came at Innsbruck 1964 in the two-man bob.