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Winter Olympics: Everything you need to know about the 2022 bobsleigh events

The bobsleigh event at the Winter Olympics will no doubt attract the attention of the masses, although Greg Rutherford, the 2012 London long jump champion, missed out on a place because he made the switch to the sport.

The blazing-fast event, which has played at all but one of the Winter Olympics in history, can be reduced to just one-hundredth of a second, reaching speeds of over 150 km/h.

The winter sport was first practiced in the late 19th century in Switzerland and was one of the events at the very first Winter Olympics in Charmonix, 1924, although the only discipline at the time was the 4-man bobsleigh.

This year there are 12 medals available in four different disciplines, with the Women’s Monobob making its Olympic debut.

Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know for the competition.

Greg Rutherford made his international bobsleigh debut in January, but unfortunately missed a seat for Beijing

Greg Rutherford made his international bobsleigh debut in January, but unfortunately missed a seat for Beijing

Where is the location for bobsleigh in Beijing 2022?

Bobsleigh will be one of three sliding events to take place in Beijing alongside Skeleton and Luge, with each set being held at the Yanqing National Sliding Center.

The center is located 74 km outside Beijing, in the Xiaohaituo Mountains in Yanqing. It has a total capacity of 10,000, consisting of 2,000 seats and 8,000 standing spectators.

The track includes 16 turns with a maximum gradient of 18% during its 1,615m length and also includes a unique 360 ​​degree section.

Course overview
Course distance Maximum slope curves
1.615m 18% 16
The 1,615m track will be used for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events in February

The 1,615m track will be used for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events in February

The 1,615m track will be used for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events in February

With the first locally broadcast Omicron case confirmed in Beijing in recent days, Beijing 2022 organizers have pulled the plug on plans to sell tickets widely while spectators based abroad have already been banned.

Instead, there will be an ‘adapted program’ that invites groups of spectators.

How does bobsleigh work at the Winter Games ?

All four disciplines will be competed in four different heats, with the team or individual claiming the lowest cumulative time for gold.

The aim of the game is relatively simple, but in practice anything but. The key is to get off to a quick start, starting the clock once the 15m mark is reached, before navigating the curved and circular segments as fast as you can and finally reaching the finish.

The bobsled consists of a brake, which is operated from the back, and two ropes that are used for steering. There is a weight limit of 630k – comprising the athletes, equipment and sled itself – for the four-man format, 390kg for two-man. Meanwhile, there is a 340kg limit for the two-woman size.

The men’s competition has two disciplines namely two-man and four-man, both team events. The women’s competition was not introduced until 2002, unlike 1924 for the men, with the two women’s event replacing Salt Lake City in 2002.

Some 20 years later, the Women’s Monobob – a bobsled for one person – will now make its debut in Beijing.

The Women's Monobob will make its debut in February at the Beijing Winter Olympics

The Women's Monobob will make its debut in February at the Beijing Winter Olympics

The Women’s Monobob will make its debut in February at the Beijing Winter Olympics

2-man and 2-woman bobsled

In the 2-man/2-woman bobsleigh you have a pilot and inhibitor/inhibitor. The pilot uses a rope to steer the sled and the Inhibitor/Inhibitor stops the bobsleigh after crossing the finish line.

4-person bobsled

The two extra people in the 4-man and 4-woman bobsleds act as pushers.

Mono bob for women

The Women’s Monobob is one of seven additions to this year’s Winter Olympics, but it may be getting more attention than others. The main difference, of course, is that only one athlete competes in a smaller sled.

Interestingly, each sled comes from the same manufacturer, which means that differences due to technological advantages between richer countries will be eradicated.

Great Britain's 4-man bobsled team in action, showing how the push-men function in 2018

Great Britain's 4-man bobsled team in action, showing how the push-men function in 2018

Great Britain’s 4-man bobsled team in action, showing how the push-men function in 2018

SKATING SCHEDULE

Sunday 13 February

Women’s Monobob Heat 1 (1.30am)

Monobob Heat 2 ladies (3 hours)

Monday, February 14

Monobob Heat 3 ladies (1.30am)

Monobob Heat 4 ladies (3 hours)

2-man Heat 1 (12.05pm)

2-man Heat 2 (1:40 am)

tuesday 15 february

2-man Heat 3 (12:15 p.m.)

2-man Heat 4 (1.50 pm)

Friday February 18

2-woman Heat 1 (12:00)

2-Woman Heat 2 (1.30pm)

Saturday 19 February

4-man Heat 1 (1.30am)

4-man Heat 2 (3:05 a.m.)

2-woman Heat 3 (12 hours)

2-Woman Heat 4 (1.30pm)

Sunday 20 February:

4-man Heat 3 (1.30am)

4-man Heat 4 (3:20 a.m.)

*All times UK

Who are the athletes to watch in Beijing?

The big news is that Greg Rutherford will not make a historic appearance at the Winter Games.

Rutherford was part of Lamin Deen’s four-man crew at the World Cup race in Germany earlier in January, but they failed to qualify after a poor campaign.

Instead, all eyes will be on Brad Hall and his crew of Greg Cackett, Nick Gleeson and Taylor Lawrence. Ben Simons will also be in Beijing as a reserve.

They will come to the Games in stunning form, having achieved three World Cup podium finishes, finishing fourth overall. They are real medal contenders.

Meanwhile, Mica McNeill will team up with Montel Douglas, while Adele Nicoll will travel as a backup.

Team GB squad complete:

2-man: Brad Hall, Nick Gleeson, Greg Cackett (alternative)

4-man: Brad Hall, Taylor Lawrence, Nick Gleeson, Greg Cackett, Ben Simons (alternative)

Women: Mica McNeill, Montell Douglas, Adele Nicoll (alternative)

Bobsleigh: 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics Gold Medalists

Two Man Bobsleigh – Gold Medalists

  • 2018 – Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz (Canada)
  • 2014 – Russian team loses medal for doping violations
  • 2010 – Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske (Germany)
  • 2006 – André Lange and Kevin Kuske (Germany)

Four Man Bobsleigh – Gold Medalists

  • 2018 – Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp, Thorsten Margis (Germany)
  • 2014 – Russian team loses medal for doping violations
  • 2010 – Steve Holcomb, Steve Mesler, Curtis Tomasevicz, Justin Olsen (USA)
  • 2006 – Andre Lange, Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske, Martin Putze (Germany)

Two Women Bobsleigh – Gold Medalist

  • 2018 – Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz (Germany)
  • 2014 – Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse (Canada)
  • 2010 – Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse (Canada)
  • 2006 – Sandra Kiriasis and Anja Schneiderheinze (Germany)

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