Bobsleigh - The Real Cool Runnings
We've all seen that famous movie where Jamaica competed in the bobsleigh event, surprising everyone by representing a tropical nation in a winter sport. Well, you can watch the real thing as the heavyweights of the sport like Germany, Switzerland, and the USA compete - get your Bobsleigh - The Games in Pyeongchang tickets here at Ticketbis. The sport began in Switzerland in the late 19th century when as steering mechanism was added to a sled, creating a toboggan. In 1887, the world's first bobsleigh club was founded in St Moritz.
Originally, the sleds used in the bobsleigh events were made of wood. These were soon replaced by steel which added stability and weight to ensure the sleds went as fast as possible. Interestingly, the sport is called bobsleigh because as they made their way down the steep track, the crew would bob back and forth to increase their speed. In 1924 a four-man race took place at the first Wintersport organised games. Since then the bobsledding events have been expanded, adding two-man events and also women's bobsleigh events to the Games in Pyeongchang schedule.
Curling aside, the events that take place in winter are known for the blistering speeds that can be reached. The bobsleigh is one of the fastest events at the Games and there have been speeds recorded of over 150 kilometres-per-hour and the reported world record an eye-watering 201 km/h (125 mph). The only sport that can match and beat bobsledding when it comes to speed is downhill skiing. Of course, with people travelling at such speeds, accidents can be costly. Fingers crossed there will be none of this in 2018 and watch these incredible athletes for yourself by buying Bobsleigh - The Games in Pyeongchang tickets.