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Bobsled Time

imageAs the saying goes: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. After complaining about training in winter conditions a few days ago, I decided to just give in and embrace the winter. I took an extra day off of training to spend a long weekend of enjoying winter sports activities and relaxing with Kate in picturesque St. Mortiz.

Naturally the first thing to try out was the bobsled, which was born in St. Moritz more than a century ago. The historic Olympia Bobrun from St. Moritz to Celerina has hosted two Olympic Games and is the only all natural ice track in the world. The track records are reset yearly as the track is rebuilt from scratch and carved from snow with slight variances each time. The Swiss are also one of the best nations in the history of the sport. Just think of the focused Swiss team in the movie Cool Runnings and you know what level of respect they get in the sport. Switzerland has more medals than any other country in the bobsled and the 2010 Vancouver Games actually marked the first time since 1964 that the Swiss team did not win a medal. Throwers also have a close connection to bobsled.


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3 replies
  1. Dan
    Dan says:

    I always thought the Swiss were the bad guys in Cool Runnings. I guess some people just concentrate on their “focus”.

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    • Martin
      Martin says:

      The East Germans were the bad guys who got into the bar fight. You can always blame the East Germans in Hollywood. The only bad impact Switzerland had was that Derice idolize them too much and tried to copy them (“eins, zwei, drei”) rather than finding what worked for them.

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