Ten fun facts about Bobsleigh

Fact 1
International bobsleigh competitions are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT).

Fact 2
National competitions are often governed by bodies such as the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.

Fact 3
Although sledding on snow or ice had been popular in many northern countries, bobsleighing is a relatively modern sport.

Fact 4
The name of the sport appeared when competitors adopted the technique of bobbing back and forth inside the sled to increase its speed.

Fact 5
The first informal races were run on snow-covered roads.

Fact 6
The beginnings of the Bobsleigh were humble, starting when English tourists were enticed to stay over the winter in the mineral spa town of St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Fact 7
The first club was formed in 1897.

Fact 8
Bobsleigh was not included in the 1960 Winter Olympics, but has been in every Winter Olympics since.

Fact 9
Women's bobsleigh competition began in the US in 1983.

Fact 10
Switzerland and Germany have been the most successful bobsleighing nations measured by overall success in European, World, World Cup, and Olympic championships.

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Short about Bobsleigh
is a winter sport in which teams of two or four make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled