Bobsled & Skeleton 101


2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada
•GOLD: The men’s bobsled team of Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz claimed four-man gold for the

first time in 62 years for the U.S.
•BRONZE: Women’s bobsledders Erin Pac and Elana Meyers continued the women’s program’s history of success by winning bronze.

2012 World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.
•GOLD: Four-man bobsled victory by Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Langton and Curt Tomasevicz.
•GOLD: Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton won the first two-man gold ever for the U.S. program at the world championships
•GOLD: The U.S. collaborated for a victory in the team event.
•GOLD: Katie Uhlaender capture gold in the women’s skeleton event.
•BRONZE: Elana Meyers, claimed bronze with rookie Katie Eberling.

2013 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland
•GOLD: The U.S. team defended gold in the combined team event.
•BRONZE: Four-man bobsled, Holcomb, Tomasevicz, Olsen & Langton.
•Bronze: Women’s bobsled, Elana Meyers & Katie Eberling.
•Silver: Women’s skeleton, Noelle Pikus-Pace in her first season back since retireing in 2010.


The Basics

•Each bobsled consists of a main hull, a frame, a

front and rear axle and two sets of runners.

The hull, also known as a cowling, is generally

constructed of fiberglass and made of two separate

sections. The hull is mounted on four runners. The rear

section of the bobsled must be open.

•Bobsled drivers steer the bobsled by pulling on two pieces of rope. These ropes are attached to a steering bolt that turns the front frame of the bobsled. Pulling on the rope in the right hand will steer the sled to the right; pulling on the rope in the left hand will steer the sled to the left.

•Skeleton athlete drive by shifting their body weight on the sled.

•The runners must be made of a solid piece of steel and no plating or coating is allowed. It is not permitted to heat the runners, or use any substance that improves sliding. At the start of the race, the temperature of all runners is recorded. If a runner is too warm, the sled is disqualified.

•Prior to the race, if teams wish to wipe their runners to remove impurities, they must use an official body of acetone that all teams share.

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