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What is bobsled?
Bobsled is a sport in which racers ride a sled known as a bobsled (or bobsleigh) down an ice-covered chute with the goal of reaching the finish line as quickly as possible.
The term bobsled is more commonly used (for both the event and the sled) in the U.S. and Canada, but bobsleigh is the official name of the event in the Winter Olympics. The sport is sometimes casually referred to as bobsledding.
Bobsled competitions often involve teams of two or four, but there are also individual events. The one-person bobsled event is called monobob. (A women’s monobob event was added to the Winter Olympics in 2022.)
Bobsleds consist of a tubelike structure on runners with a steering mechanism and brakes. At the start of each heat, the racer or racers push the bobsleigh to gain speed before jumping inside, with the rider at the front handling steering.
Bobsled is known as one of the sliding sports, along with luge and skeleton. Those take place on a similar course, but racers in those events ride on top of their sled (feetfirst in luge, headfirst in skeleton), rather than inside of it like in bobsled.
Bobsled is known for its high speeds, often nearing 100 mph (161 km/h).
Example: I think bobsled is thrilling—and the start might be the most exciting part!
Where does bobsled come from?
The first records of the word bobsled come from the 1830s. It was first used in the U.S. The use of bob in the name is often claimed to originate from the up-and-down bobbing motion used by early racers in the sport, but the name of the sled predates the sport. The word may be based on the sense of the word bob that’s typically applied to short things (such as a bob haircut), perhaps in reference to the shortness of the runners compared to other types of sleds.
Bobsleds were originally used for transporting things like lumber. Bobsledding developed as a sport around the 1880s in places like New York state and Switzerland and gained popularity in the 1890s and early 1900s. In the 1920s, it was officially organized as an international sport under the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT).
The bobsleigh event was included in the very first Winter Olympics 1924 and has been featured as an event at every Winter Games since, with the exception of 1960. Originally, the event consisted of only a four-person men’s competition. Since then, two-person competitions have been added for men and women. An individual women’s event (called monobob) was added in 2022.
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How is bobsled used in real life?
The term bobsled is more commonly used in the U.S. and Canada. Bobsleigh is the official name of the event in the Winter Olympics.
American Eddie Eagen won gold in boxing in 1920 and gold in bobsled in 1932. How cool is this stamp? pic.twitter.com/pyTPORynqI
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 20, 2014
BREAKING: Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George have won bronze in women's bobsled. Germany took gold and the U.S. won silver.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) February 21, 2018
— Spectrum News 1 RDU (@SpecNews1RDU) February 16, 2014
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How to use bobsled in a sentence
Like Formula One car racing, traditional bobsled teams spend huge sums to build custom sleds that adhere to equipment standards handed down by the IOC.
Competitors reach speeds surpassing 70 miles per hour as they hurtle down an icy bobsled track.
Monobob—a single-person bobsled race—will make its Olympic debut in February at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, and the event is already generating international headlines due to its thrilling speeds and competition format.
And Vladimir “Vladi” Putin was fascinated by the two-man bobsled event.Up to a Point: PJ on Sochi Stray Dog Stew and 1-800-F*CKYOU|P. J. O’Rourke|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Jamaican Bobsled team is back, having already won about twenty-three golds in Kickstarting.
With that kind of dough, he could almost buy a ticket to watch the Jamaican Bobsled team.
It has been 12 years since Jamaica has entered a team in a bobsled event.The Jamaican Bobsled Team Is Crowdfunding Its Way to the Olympics|CNBC|January 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I knew it would be hard, but it was definitely difficult, for sure," Jones said of her segue from track to bobsled.Is It Really That Easy to be an Olympic Bobsledder?|Kevin Fixler|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was thrown from Short and Longs bobsled one night and had to be helped home.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
There we bought a bobsled and put the wagon box on it, adding a strong canvas top.Old Rail Fence Corners|Various
But at the top, when the bobsled had been turned for the next trip, he took the forward position.
Halfway down the slide, round the first bend, the long bobsled spun into a straightaway that was partially blocked.
They found Bert and Charlie busy making a bobsled in the back yard.The Bobbsey Twins at Cedar Camp|Laura Lee Hope