Just because it is cold outside during winter, doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy outdoors. In fact winter time is an excellent time to play because it keeps you warm. Winter sports are actually meant for people who like to have a great time yet a challenging experience in Winter. Every season of the year can bring a different sports experience in the various parts of the world. Though winter sports can be a challenge but are equally engaging and fun.
In Europe, Bobsledding evolved during the daredevils. They were rickety and adapted wooden sleds which were used to run down icy terrains. This style of transport is called as bobsled and outside the U.S and Canada it is known as the bobsleigh. Around mid 1800s, Caspar Badrutt, the owner of the Krup Hotel built the first half pipe track in St.Moritz and thus Bobsledding became trendy ever since. In earlier days, bobsled fanatics prepared their own designs by using the wood delivery sleds and navigation instruments. Later on Stephen Whiteny, an American innovated the modern bobsled plan, which bolts two sleds into one.
The bobbing action that the team performs to amplify the sled’s speed down the track got this game the name of bobsledding. When the sled speed reaches up to 100 miles per hour, the bobsled will be more aerodynamic and also sturdy. The modern method allows the bobsled to attain the top speed. The contemporary bobsled is naturally finished with a light weight metal frame and enclosed with fiberglass or a compound material, making it lustrous. Originally, bobsleds accommodated up to six persons, but nowadays they are making them for either a two-person team or four-person team. The bobsled assembled on steel runners is almost 25.5 inches long. Inside the bobsled there is a steering mechanism consisting of a steering pulley, steering axle and steering handle. On the outside there are retractable push bars in the front and back side and brakeman’s push bars on the end. Bobsleds that are used in competition cannot go beyond 13 feet in length for a team of four, and 9 feet for a two man team.
A weight limit was placed for the competitions around 1950. The utmost permissible load for both the team and bobsled shared was 1,588 pounds for a team of four men. The weight limit for a men’s two-member team in bobsledding was 900 pounds and for women’s team, it could not exceed 750 pounds.
Despite the fact that a bobsled should be light and aerodynamic to navigate the winding and turning runs, it also has to be well-built to resist the rigors of high speeds and up to 5Gs. In addition, they have to hold up the unavoidable high-speed crashes, manmade tracks of real and mock ice and this can be really dangerous at times.