The Beginning of Bobsled at the Winter Olympics
An adaptation of the toboggan, the bobsled began in the late 1800s when the Swiss attached a steering mechanism to a toboggan. Steel replaced wood, and the bobsled got its name from the way the racers bobbed around to increase their speed.
A four-man bobsled race took place at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France. A two-man event was added at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. The women's two-person bobsled became part of the Olympics at Salt Lake City in 2002.
How the Bobsled Competition Works
There are three events in the Olympics Bobsled: two-man, four-man and women's. Each country can have up to three sleds in each event.
Each bobsled event has four heats over two days, with two runs a day. The runs are timed electronically to one-hundredth of a second. If two teams tie, they get the same place.
Bobsled Venue at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
The bobsled events at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics are held at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Blackcomb Mountain. The Whistler Sliding Centre has the capacity for 12,000 fans.
Bobsled Schedule at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
The bobsled events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics begin on Saturday February 20, 2010 with the two-man competition. The women's bobsled event starts on Tuesday February 23, and the four-man bobsled event gets going on Friday February 26. For more detailed Vancouver Olympics bobsled schedules see