Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics

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Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics
Bobsleigh pictogram.svg
Governing body FIBT
Events 3 (men: 2; women: 1)
Games
1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976
1980 1984 1988 1992 1994 1998
2002 2006 2010 2014
Medalists

Bobsleigh is an event in the Winter Olympic Games where a two- or four-person team drives a specially designed sled down an ice track, with the winning team completing the route with the fastest time. The event has been featured since the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France, with the exception of the 1960 games in Squaw Valley when the organizing committee decided not to build a track in order to reduce expenses. Other than that exception, the four-man competition has been competed at every game (in 1928, it was a five-man competition). The two-man event was introduced at the 1932 games and a two-woman event was first contested at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Events[edit]

Event 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 Years
Four-man [1] 21
Two-man 19
Two-woman 4
Total events 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3
  1. ^ Five-man event

Medal leaders[edit]

Kuske and Lange
Kevin Kuske (left) and André Lange (pilot) are the most successful Olympic bobsledders, both have five medals, of which four are gold medals attained in three consecutive Olympics.
Bogdan Musiol
Bogdan Musiol (brakeman) won seven Olympic medals (one gold, five silvers and one bronze in four consecutive Olympics).

Athletes who won at least one gold medal and one bronze medal are listed below.

Men[edit]

Athlete NOC Event Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
Kuske, KevinKevin Kuske  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
2002–2010 4 1 0 5
Lange, AndréAndré Lange  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
2002–2010 4 1 0 5
Germeshausen, BernhardBernhard Germeshausen  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1976–1980 3 1 0 4
Nehmer, MeinhardMeinhard Nehmer  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1976–1980 3 0 1 4
Hoppe, WolfgangWolfgang Hoppe  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
4-man
2-man
1984–1994 2 3 1 6
Monti, EugenioEugenio Monti  Italy (ITA) 4-man
2-man
1956–1968 2 2 2 6
Acklin, DonatDonat Acklin  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1992–1994 2 1 1 4
Voyevoda, AlexeyAlexey Voyevoda  Russia (RUS) 4-man
2-man
2006–2014 2 1 1 4
Weder, GustavGustav Weder  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1992–1994 2 1 1 4
Zimmermann, MarkusMarkus Zimmermann  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
1992–2002 2 1 1 4
Zubkov, AlexandrAlexandr Zubkov  Russia (RUS) 4-man
2-man
2006–2014 2 1 1 4
Schauerhammer, DietmarDietmar Schauerhammer  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1984–1988 2 1 0 3
Langen, ChristophChristoph Langen  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
1992–2002 2 0 2 4
De Paolis, LucianoLuciano De Paolis  Italy (ITA) 4-man
2-man
1968 2 0 0 2
Fiske, BillyBilly Fiske  United States (USA) 4-man
5-man
1928–1932 2 0 0 2
Grey, CliffordClifford Grey  United States (USA) 4-man
5-man
1928–1932 2 0 0 2
Hampel, OlafOlaf Hampel  Germany (GER) 4-man 1994–1998 2 0 0 2
Nieberl, LorenzLorenz Nieberl  West Germany (FRG) 4-man
2-man
1952 2 0 0 2
Ostler, AndreasAndreas Ostler  West Germany (FRG) 4-man
2-man
1952 2 0 0 2
Musiol, BogdanBogdan Musiol  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
4-man
2-man
1980–1992 1 5 1 7
Benz, JosephJoseph Benz  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1976–1980 1 2 1 4
Lehmann, BernhardBernhard Lehmann  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1976–1988 1 2 1 4
Schärer, ErichErich Schärer  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1976–1980 1 2 1 4
Martin, PatrickPatrick Martin  United States (USA) 4-man
2-man
1948–1952 1 2 0 3
Zimmerer, WolfgangWolfgang Zimmerer  West Germany (FRG) 4-man
2-man
1972–1976 1 1 2 4
Beerli, JosephJoseph Beerli  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1936 1 1 0 2
Gerhardt, Hans-JürgenHans-Jürgen Gerhardt  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1980 1 1 0 2
Lueders, PierrePierre Lueders  Canada (CAN) 2-man 1994–2006 1 1 0 2
Meier, KurtKurt Meier  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man 1988–1994 1 1 0 2
O'Brien, JayJay O'Brien  United States (USA) 4-man
5-man
1928–1932 1 1 0 2
Putze, MartinMartin Putze  Germany (GER) 4-man 2006–2010 1 1 0 2
Utzschneider, PeterPeter Utzschneider  West Germany (FRG) 4-man
2-man
1972–1976 1 0 2 3
Wicki, JeanJean Wicki  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1968–1972 1 0 2 3
Embach, CarstenCarsten Embach  Germany (GER) 4-man 1994–2002 1 0 1 2
Hubacher, EdyEdy Hubacher  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1972 1 0 1 2
Huber, GüntherGünther Huber  Italy (ITA) 2-man 1994–1998 1 0 1 2
Ķipurs, JānisJānis Ķipurs  Soviet Union (URS) 4-man
2-man
1988 1 0 1 2
Kirchner, AndreasAndreas Kirchner  East Germany (GDR) 4-man 1980–1984 1 0 1 2
Koslov, VladimirVladimir Koslov  Soviet Union (URS) 4-man
2-man
1988 1 0 1 2
Wetzig, RolandRoland Wetzig  East Germany (GDR) 4-man 1980–1984 1 0 1 2

Women[edit]

Athlete NOC Event Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
Humphries, KaillieKaillie Humphries  Canada (CAN) 2-woman 2010–2014 2 0 0 2
Kiriasis, SandraSandra Kiriasis  Germany (GER) 2-woman 2002–2010 1 1 0 2

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Germany (GER) 10 5 6 21
2  Switzerland (SUI) 9 11 11 31
3  United States (USA) 7 7 10 24
4  East Germany (GDR) 5 5 3 13
5  Italy (ITA) 4 4 4 12
6  Canada (CAN) 4 2 1 7
7  Russia (RUS) 2 1 1 4
8  West Germany (FRG) 1 3 2 6
9  Austria (AUT) 1 2 0 3
10  Great Britain (GBR) 1 1 2 4
11  Soviet Union (URS) 1 0 2 3
12  Belgium (BEL) 0 1 1 2
13  Latvia (LAT) 0 1 0 1
14  France (FRA) 0 0 1 1
 Romania (ROU) 0 0 1 1
Total 45 43 45 133

Number of bobsledders by nation[edit]

Nation 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 Years
 American Samoa (ASA)   2 1
 Argentina (ARG) 10 4 4   5 4
 Armenia (ARM)   2 2 2
 Australia (AUS)   5 4 7
 Austria (AUT) 10 2 12 8 9   9 9 8 10 8 8 8 5 5
 Belgium (BEL) 5 10 4 8 5 4 2   6 2
 Brazil (BRA)   4 4
 Bulgaria (BUL)   5
 Canada (CAN)   8 6 6 10 6 4 9 12 12
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)   5 5
 Croatia (CRO)   4 5
 Czech Republic (CZE)   5 8
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) 8 4   2 6 4
 France (FRA) 8 10 2 10 10 5 4   10 6 5 4 5
 East Germany (GDR)   8 8 8 10 4
 Germany (GER) 10 9 10 6   14 18
 Great Britain (GBR) 8 10 4 10 8   8 8 8 8 10 10 8 6 8
 Hungary (HUN)   4
 Ireland (IRL)   2
 Italy (ITA) 10 5 4 10 10 8 10   8 10 9 9 5 9 9 12 8
 Jamaica (JAM)   4 4 4
 Japan (JPN)   8 4 2 4 4 4 6
 Latvia (LAT)   8 8 6 8 9 5 6
 Liechtenstein (LIE) 2 2   2 3
 Luxembourg (LUX) 5 4   2
 Mexico (MEX) 5   4
 Monaco (MON)   2 2 2
 Netherlands (NED) 5 2   2 8 4
 Netherlands Antilles (AHO)   2
 New Zealand (NZL)   5 2 4 4 4
 Norway (NOR) 8 9 4  
 Poland (POL) 5 6   4 4
 Portugal (POR)   5 1
 Romania (ROU) 10 4 9 8   5 5 5 8 8 5 5 6 6
 Russia (RUS)   11 17
 Serbia (SRB)   4 1
 Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)   4 1
 Slovakia (SVK)   4 4 4 3
 South Korea (KOR)   4 1
 Soviet Union (URS)   8 10 2
 Spain (ESP) 4   9 2
 Sweden (SWE) 9 9   6 6 4 4 4 4 2
 Switzerland (SUI) 8 10 4 9 8 8 8   8 9 8 8 8 11 10 12 8
 Unified Team (EUN)   9 1
 Unified Team of Germany (EUA) 10   9 2
 United States (USA) 10 12 11 12 10 11   9 10 9 9 9 10 9 12 18
 Virgin Islands (ISV)   4
 West Germany (FRG)   8 8 8 10 10 8 6
 Yugoslavia (YUG)   9 2 5 3
Nations 5 14 8 13 9 10 13 - 11 11 11 13 11 16 23
Bobsledders 39 115 41 99 71 71 93 - 81 90 79 93 78 111 135
Year 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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