Bobsleigh at the 2018 Winter Olympics – Qualification

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The following is the criteria, rules, and standings for qualification for the bobsleigh competitions at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[1]

Qualification rules[edit]

A maximum of 170 quota spots are available to athletes to compete at the games. A maximum 130 men and 40 women may qualify. The qualification is based on the world rankings of 14 January 2018 (the seventh world cup event of the season, in St. Moritz). Pilots must compete in five different races on three different tracks during the 2016/17 season or 2017/18 season. Each continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania) and the hosts are allowed to enter a sled provided they meet the above standard. For each men's event 30 sleds will be allowed to compete (maximum of three NOCs with three sleds and six NOCs with two sleds). For the women's event there will be a total of 20 sleds allowed to compete (maximum of two NOCs with three sleds, four NOCs with two sleds). According to the rules women were eligible for the "4-man" event as well but none competed in the applicable races.

Qualification timeline[edit]

Races from 15 October 2017 until 14 January 2018 will apply to qualification for the Olympics. In general this means that the Olympic field is established by using the first seven world cup races of the 2017–18 season, but also includes results from Europe, and America cup races. Four sleds will then be allocated in each of the three competitions, first for the host (if not already qualified), and then for continents not previously represented. If a nation refuses a quota it will be reallocated. Unused or reallocated spots will be filled by 19 January 2018 by nations not previously entered.

Quota allocation[edit]

The following summary is based on the final IBSF quotas after reallocation.[2][3] Numbers beside each nation indicate the rank of the sled that establishes the NOC's number of qualifiers.

Current summary[edit]

Nations Two man Four man Two woman Athletes
 Australia 1 1 4
 Austria 2 2 2 12
 Belgium 2 4
 Brazil 1 1 4
 Canada 3 3 3 18
 China 2 1 6
 Croatia 1 1 4
 Czech Republic 2 2 8
 France 1 1 5
 Germany 3 3 3 18
 Great Britain 1 2 1 10
 Italy 1 4
 Jamaica 1 2
 Latvia 2 2 8
 Monaco 1 2
 Nigeria 1 2
 Poland 1 1 4
 Romania 1 1 1 7
 Olympic Athletes from Russia 2 1 2 10
 South Korea 1 1 1 6
 Switzerland 2 2 1 10
 United States 3 3 2 16
Total: 22 NOCs 30 29 20 164

Two man[edit]

Final rankings by nation.[4]

Sleds qualified Countries Athletes total Nation
3 3 18  Germany 7
 Canada 9
 United States 13
2 6 24  Latvia 11
 Olympic Athletes from Russia 15
 Switzerland 16
 Austria 29
 China 31
 Czech Republic 36
1 9 18  Poland 17
 France 22
 Monaco 24
 Romania 30
 Brazil 34
 Australia 35
 Great Britain 37
 Croatia 39
 South Korea 441
30 18 60
  1. ^ South Korea qualified as the host.

Four man[edit]

Final rankings by nation.[5]

Sleds qualified Countries Athletes total Nation
3 3 36  Germany 4
 Canada 16
 United States 19
2 5 40  Latvia 9
 Great Britain 12
 Austria 27
 Switzerland 30
 Czech Republic 32
1 10 40  Olympic Athletes from Russia 85
 France 14
 Brazil 21
 Italy 23
 China 25
 Croatia 28
 Netherlands 351
 Slovakia 362
 Romania 412
 Australia 423
 Poland 431
 South Korea 474
29 18 116
  1. ^ Netherlands refused their allocation. Poland received the reallocated quota place.
  2. ^ Slovakia were forced to withdraw as their only qualified pilot was deemed ineligible for the Olympics. Romania received the reallocated quota place.
  3. ^ Australia qualified as a continental representative.
  4. ^ South Korea qualified as the host.
  5. ^ Team OAR returned one allocation which could not be filled.[3]

Two woman[edit]

Final rankings by nation.[6]

Sleds qualified Countries Athletes total Nation
3 2 12  Germany 7
 Canada 8
2 4 16  United States 4
 Austria 15
 Olympic Athletes from Russia 16
 Belgium 20
1 6 12  Switzerland 12
 Great Britain 13
 Jamaica 18

 Romania 192
 South Korea 231
 Australia 362
 Nigeria 443

20 12 40
  1. ^ South Korea qualified as the host.
  2. ^ Australia qualified as a continental representative but their quota was turned down by their NOC.[7] Romania received the reallocated quota place.[3]
  3. ^ Nigeria qualified as a continental representative through the application of IBSF rule 4.1.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qualification Systems for XXIII Olympic Winter Games, PyeonChang 2018 Bobsleigh" (PDF). International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF). Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  2. ^ Press. "IBSF athletes from 30 nations compete at PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games". www.ibsf.org. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "XXIII Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 Bobsleigh - Participation" (PDF). ibsf.org. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Quota Allocation PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games 2018 - 2-man Bobsleigh - IBSF 14 January 2018" (PDF). www.ibsf.org. International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF). 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Quota Allocation PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games 2018 - 4-man Bobsleigh - IBSF 14 January 2018" (PDF). www.ibsf.org. International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF). 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Quota Allocation PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games 2018 - Women´s Bobsleigh - IBSF 14 January 2018" (PDF). www.ibsf.org. International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF). 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Australia's Women's Bobsleigh Team Ruled out of Winter Olympics". 9news (Australia). Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  8. ^ IBSF rule book (4.1)