Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics

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Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics
Bobsleigh pictogram.svg
Governing body IBSF
Events 3 (men: 2; women: 1)
Games

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 18 Years
Four-man [1] 22
Two-man 20
Two-woman 5
Total events 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3

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
Kevin Kuske  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
2002–2018 4 2 0 6
André Lange  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
2002–2010 4 1 0 5
Bernhard Germeshausen  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1976–1980 3 1 0 4
Meinhard Nehmer  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1976–1980 3 0 1 4
Wolfgang Hoppe  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
4-man
2-man
1984–1994 2 3 1 6
Eugenio Monti  Italy (ITA) 4-man
2-man
1956,
1964–1968
2 2 2 6
Donat Acklin  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1992–1994 2 1 1 4
Gustav Weder  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1992–1994 2 1 1 4
Markus Zimmermann  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
1992–2002 2 1 1 4
Dietmar Schauerhammer  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1984–1988 2 1 0 3
Christoph Langen  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
1992,
1998–2002
2 0 2 4
Luciano De Paolis  Italy (ITA) 4-man
2-man
1968 2 0 0 2
Billy Fiske  United States (USA) 4-man
5-man
1928–1932 2 0 0 2
Clifford Gray  United States (USA) 4-man
5-man
1928–1932 2 0 0 2
Olaf Hampel  Germany (GER) 4-man 1994–1998 2 0 0 2
Lorenz Nieberl  West Germany (FRG) 4-man
2-man
1952 2 0 0 2
Andreas Ostler  West Germany (FRG) 4-man
2-man
1952 2 0 0 2
Francesco Friedrich  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
2018 2 0 0 2
Thorsten Margis  Germany (GER) 4-man
2-man
2018 2 0 0 2
Bogdan Musiol  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
4-man
2-man
1980–1992 1 5 1 7
Joseph Benz  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1976–1980 1 2 1 4
Bernhard Lehmann  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1976,
1984–1988
1 2 1 4
Erich Schärer  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1976–1980 1 2 1 4
Patrick Martin  United States (USA) 4-man
2-man
1948–1952 1 2 0 3
Wolfgang Zimmerer  West Germany (FRG) 4-man
2-man
1972–1976 1 1 2 4
Joseph Beerli  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1936 1 1 0 2
Hans-Jürgen Gerhardt  East Germany (GDR) 4-man
2-man
1980 1 1 0 2
Pierre Lueders  Canada (CAN) 2-man 1994–2006 1 1 0 2
Kurt Meier  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man 1988–1994 1 1 0 2
Jay O'Brien  United States (USA) 4-man
5-man
1928–1932 1 1 0 2
Martin Putze  Germany (GER) 4-man 2006–2010 1 1 0 2
Peter Utzschneider  West Germany (FRG) 4-man
2-man
1972–1976 1 0 2 3
Jean Wicki  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1968–1972 1 0 2 3
Carsten Embach  Germany (GER) 4-man 1994–2002 1 0 1 2
Edy Hubacher  Switzerland (SUI) 4-man
2-man
1972 1 0 1 2
Günther Huber  Italy (ITA) 2-man 1994–1998 1 0 1 2
Jānis Ķipurs  Soviet Union (URS) 4-man
2-man
1988 1 0 1 2
Andreas Kirchner  East Germany (GDR) 4-man 1980–1984 1 0 1 2
Vladimir Koslov  Soviet Union (URS) 4-man
2-man
1988 1 0 1 2
Roland Wetzig  East Germany (GDR) 4-man 1980–1984 1 0 1 2

Women[edit]

Athlete NOC Event Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
Kaillie Humphries  Canada (CAN) 2-woman 2010–2018 2 0 1 3
Heather Moyse  Canada (CAN) 2-woman 2010–2014 2 0 0 2
Sandra Kiriasis  Germany (GER) 2-woman 2002–2010 1 1 0 2

Medal table[edit]

Updated after 2018 Winter Olympics.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Germany (GER) 13 6 6 25
2  Switzerland (SUI) 9 11 11 31
3  United States (USA) 7 8 10 25
4  East Germany (GDR) 5 5 3 13
5  Canada (CAN) 5 2 2 9
6  Italy (ITA) 4 4 4 12
7  West Germany (FRG) 1 3 2 6
8  Austria (AUT) 1 2 0 3
9  Great Britain (GBR) 1 1 2 4
10  Soviet Union (URS) 1 0 2 3
11  Belgium (BEL) 0 1 1 2
 Latvia (LAT) 0 1 1 2
 Russia (RUS) 0 1 1 2
14  South Korea (KOR) 0 1 0 1
15  France (FRA) 0 0 1 1
 Romania (ROU) 0 0 1 1
Total 47 46 47 140
Notes

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 18 Years
 American Samoa (ASA)   2 1
 Argentina (ARG) 10 4 4   5 4
 Armenia (ARM)   2 2 2
 Australia (AUS)   5 2 4 4 4 7 6 4 8
 Austria (AUT) 10 2 12 8 9   9 9 8 10 8 8 8 8 9 8 4 5 5 6 12 20
 Belgium (BEL) 5 10 4 8 5 4 2   6 2 2 4 11
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)   5 5 2
 Brazil (BRA)   4 4 6 4 4
 Bulgaria (BUL)   5 5 2 2 4
 Canada (CAN)   8 6 6 10 6 4 9 9 8 8 8 12 12 16 18 15
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)   5 5 4 2 4 4 6
 Croatia (CRO)   4 4 5 4 4
 Czech Republic (CZE)   4 5 6 5 8 4 8 7
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) 8 4   2 6 4
 France (FRA) 8 10 2 10 10 5 4   10 6 5 4 9 8 5 9 5 8 5 18
 East Germany (GDR)   8 8 8 10 4
 Germany (GER) 10 9 10 6   12 12 9 13 14 18 18 18 12
 Great Britain (GBR) 8 10 4 10 8   8 8 8 8 10 10 8 8 8 7 14 6 8 8 10 21
 Greece (GRE)   2 4 2 3
 Hungary (HUN)   2 4 7 4 4
 Ireland (IRL)   4 5 2 2 4
 Italy (ITA) 10 5 4 10 10 8 10   8 10 9 9 5 9 9 8 9 8 9 12 8 4 4 22
 Jamaica (JAM)   4 5 4 6 2 2 2 7
 Japan (JPN)   8 4 2 4 4 4 5 9 5 4 6 4 12
 Latvia (LAT)   8 8 6 8 9 5 8 8 8
 Liechtenstein (LIE) 2 2   2 3
 Luxembourg (LUX) 5 4   2
 Mexico (MEX) 5   4 7 2 4
 Monaco (MON)   2 5 4 4 5 2 2 2 2 9
 Netherlands (NED) 5 2   2 2 8 8 4 6 8
 Netherlands Antilles (AHO)   2 2 2
 New Zealand (NZL)   5 2 4 4 4
 Nigeria (NGR)   2 1
 Norway (NOR) 8 9 4   2 4 4 6
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)   10 1
 Poland (POL) 5 6   4 4 4 4 4 4 8
 Portugal (POR)   5 1
 Puerto Rico (PUR)   4 5 5 3
 Romania (ROU) 10 4 9 8   5 5 5 8 8 5 5 5 4 6 6 6 6 8 7 19
 Russia (RUS)   6 6 10 11 17 16 6
 San Marino (SMR)   2 1
 Serbia (SRB)   4 2 2
 Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)   4 1
 Slovakia (SVK)   4 4 4 4 4
 South Korea (KOR)   4 10 6 3
 Soviet Union (URS)   8 10 2
 Spain (ESP) 4   9 2
 Sweden (SWE) 9 9   6 6 4 4 4 4 2 4 2 11
 Switzerland (SUI) 8 10 4 9 8 8 8   8 9 8 8 8 11 10 8 10 10 10 12 8 9 10 22
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)   2 2 3 3
 Ukraine (UKR)   4 2 5 3
 Unified Team (EUN)   9 1
 United Team of Germany (EUA) 10   9 2
 United States (USA) 10 12 11 12 10 11   9 10 9 9 9 10 9 12 10 8 13 12 18 16 16 21
 Virgin Islands (ISV)   4 8 6 6 6 5
 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 25 30 28 34 22 23 23 21 56
Bobsledders 39 115 41 99 71 71 93 - 81 90 79 93 78 111 135 159 155 156 195 150 159 169 164 1,796
Year 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 18 22

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Five-man event

External links[edit]

Media related to Bobsleigh at the Olympics at Wikimedia Commons