We will construct our new bobsled
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Bobsleigh is traditionally considered one of the most spectacular winter sports where teams of two- and four slide down ice track. «The winter Formula 1», as fans and specialists call it, attracts by space speeds, intense struggle and extreme, invariably accompanied with serious traumas and even death of sportsmen.
Sport īf rich and extreme people
Bobsleigh as a sport originated in Switzerland in the end of
Bobsleigh began to acquire modern features
The domestic sports management ignored bobsleigh for a long time, considering it «the bourgeois entertainment, which did not do any good to the society». However, active spreading of this sport and interest, which it provoked during the Olympic competitions, did their part. In the late seventies the Sport committee of Soviet Union began to form national team by an order. The first enthusiasts were former tobogganers from Latvia led by captain Roland Upatnieks. At the same time building of modern bobsleigh track was coming to an end in Sigulda. Nobody thought to buy expensive import technics for the Soviet sportsmen. The curator was found Riga automobile factory which took upon itself the responsible mission of constructing the first domestic bobsled. Reorganization and breakdown of the USSR fatally affected the image of domestic bobsleigh. The material and technical basis remained in independent Latvia, as well as the majority of sportsmen of the international level. For some years Russians were left out of the world powers of bobsleigh. They rose from ashes in 2004 after the new head of State Committee on Physical Trainig and Sports Vyacheslav Fetisov had generously allocated from the budget several thousand euro for purchase of worthy racing technics and long trips abroad, and also on buying of the
From Meleuz to Sochi
The first experience of building of present bobsleigh tracks our specialists got in Sigulda it was built by Yugoslavs according to the German project. During hard
The largest bobslei world tracks
This track adjoins northern extremity of lake Konigssee in Germany and is
Lake Placid (USA)
Olympic bobsleigh track was opened in 1997, and the construction of all complex came to the end in autumn of 2000. In 2000/2001 the track received seven various World Cups, after which was called the fastest in the world. The total track length is 1335 metres, height drop 117 metres. 12,5 thousand people can watch competitions simultaneously.
Unique bobsleigh track in the world with a natural ice covering of 1612 metres length
The bobsleigh track is constructed in 1986 and provided both for bobsleigh, and for tobogganing. The total length of the track (with a braking distance) 1420 metres, consists of 16 bends. Track length for men's start 1200 metres, for women's 1000 metres. The maximum track slope 15%, the maximum speed 125 km/h.
One of the most steep and difficult tracks in the world. Difficult because of alternate long slopes and very steep bends. Professionals say, that this track offers the greatest risk «to fall on a head», that is to take off from track. To make such effect, the line in Altenberg was reconstructed for seven times, and the total height drop was increased up to 500 metres!
Fast ice bloody harvest
The real bloody drama took place on Chamonix track. The bobsled going down at great speed turned over and ran into badly fixed track board. Both pilots died. Nevertheless, the heats continued that day! As a result, after a while, a sportsman dropped out of sledge and broke his cervical vertebras. Only then organizers stopped competitions.
German sportswoman Ivonn Tsernota died on March, 12th, 2004 as a result of accident on Konigssee track. Her bobsled turned over during training, ran into track board and took off the track. The sportswoman died in the medical helicopter on the way to hospital. Her heat partner Stefan Grandi broke his arm.
On November, 23rd, 2009 during training heat on Konigssee bobsleigh track, Russian women crew of two Nadezhda Filina and Irina Skvortsova came out on a track on red light, because of judge's mistake. The bobsled turned over, and the Russian man's crew starting from another gate (Evgeny Pashkov and Andrey Matyushko) ran into it at full speed.
Terrible accident happened some hours before the beginning of official opening ceremony of winter
Author: Sergey Semyonov