Bobsled at the Winter Olympics
Bobsled is one of the 'ice sports' on the Winter Olympic Games program. Men's bobsled has been on the Winter Games program since the first Winter Olympics in 1924, and a women's event was first added in 2002. In 2022, a second women's event was added so there is now an equal number of events for men and women.
Events for 2022
There will be four Bobsleigh events at the Winter Olympics, two for men and two for women. The women's monobob event has been added to the program and will be held for the first time.
- Two woman
Olympic Bobsled Trivia
- In 1928, the bob sled event was a five-man competition. All other years there has been a 4-man event.
- USA bobsledder Tom Doe was just 15 years, 128 days in 1928, where he won a silver medal.
- America's bobsleigh team, led by Billy Fiske, won the gold at the 1932 Lake Placid Games. The team included Eddie Eagan, who was a boxing champion in the 1920 Games. Eagan remains the only person to have won gold medals in both the Summer and Winter Games.
- The Games held in Squaw Valley in 1960 became the only Winter Games event not to include bobsledding, as the organizing committee refused to build an expensive bobsled run for the mere nine nations that would use it.
- In 1988, Jamaica entered its first bobsled team, finishing last in the 4-man event. However, they did inspire a Hollywood film called Cool Runnings. (see video of the originals)
- In 2002, USA's Vonetta Flowers became the first black athlete to earn a winter Olympic gold medal, doing so in the women's bobsleigh.
- German pilot Francesco Friedrich made history in Beijing 2022, with his second consecutive Olympic bobsleigh double (in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh, in 2018 and 2022)
- Bobsled Videos
- More Winter Olympics Sports
- Bobsleigh at the Winter Paralympics
- Article about The Differences Between Luge & Bobsledding
- About the sport of bobsled