The first bobsled club was founded in St.Moritz, Switzerland in 1897. From there it grew into a sport in the late 19th century.
- Above is a picture of what the first bobsled looked like along with how the event was ran according to the international bobsled and skeleton federation.
- In 1923 a four-man race took place at the first winter Olympics. A two-man event was added in 1932.
By the 1950s the sport really began to take shape. Before the 1950s there was no training/practice. It was just open to any rich and adventurous athlete that bought a sleigh.
- In 1999 the Olympics added women’s bobsledding events.
- The average speed of a bobsled is 78.7mphThe average speed of a bobsled, compared to an hockey player. The interactive graphic from The Washington Post, is 78 mph.