# How much does a bobsled weigh without crew?

## How much does a bobsled weigh without crew?

Without the crew, the minimum weight for a sled is 375 pounds for two-man and 463 pounds for four-man. For women's bobsled (always two-man), the sled must weigh 364 pounds. With the crew, the maximum weight of a sled is 860 pounds for two-man, 1,389 pounds for four-man, and 717 pounds for women's bobsled.

## Why is it harder to stop a four person bobsled than a three person bobsled?

They gain power from the extra push provided by the middle sledders at the start, the sledders' additional weight, and the increased weight of a larger sled. The increased speed and weight make four-man sleds harder to steer than two-man sleds.

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## How dangerous is skeleton?

According to Salon, skeleton is actually regarded as the safest of the sliding sports, mainly because its steering mechanism is more subtle and precise than luge so turns are not as risky. The sled is also lighter than the luge sled or the bobseld. ... But skeleton sleds are under 95 pounds.

## How do you control a luge sled?

The sled rides on two sharp-bottomed blades known as runners, the only part of the sled that makes contact with the ice. In order to steer the sled, the slider uses his or her calves to apply pressure to one of the runners, or shifts their weight using their shoulders.

## Do you steer a bobsled?

Bobsled teams careen down an icy, curving track at up to 90 miles per hour, so steering is no small concern. Drivers steer their sleds just like you steered your childhood sleds—by manipulating a pair of ropes connected to the sled's steel runners.

## Is luge a team sport?

Luge was inaugurated as an Olympic sport in 1964 at the IX Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The luge competition consists of four events: men's singles, women's singles, doubles and the team relay. Doubles teams can consist of two athletes of either gender, but currently no women are competing in doubles.

## How do you get into luge?

A: First, you must become a member of the US Luge Association and complete all the necessary pa- perwork (described in USA Luge brochure #3 enti- tled “Administrative Requirements”). Second, sign up for USA Luge sliding programs for the coming winter for which you are qualified.