bobsled team 1932
Workmen preparing iced walla on Olympic bobsled course at Lake. FWM. Dangerous Appeal Plus Terrific Speed for Riders Makes Event Increasingly Popular By NORVAL BAPTIE (Former World Champion Skater) (Written for Central Pres) LAKE PLACID, N. Y Jan. 27. One of the most Interesting, even if It Is not one of the most Important Important events on the third Olympic Olympic games program, will be the bob sled races. The dangerous appeal and the terrific speed with which these heavy sleds thunder down ' the bob-nin bob-nin bob-nin will probably attract more curious spectator than any other sport on the program. The bob-run bob-run bob-run measures one and one-half one-half one-half miles In length and It is a perfect feat of engineering ability. It is built on the precipitous slope of Mt. Van Hoevcnberg. The entire entire snow-packed snow-packed snow-packed runway 1 sprayed sprayed with water and the result Is a veritable sheet of ice, twisting and tciuai i turnne down th mountain side, Thcre are 25 curve, ln the danger- danger- ou run, the most thrilling of which have been named, Shady Corner, Whlteface and Zig-zag. Zig-zag. Zig-zag. The first ! two named are "hair-pin" "hair-pin" "hair-pin" curves while Zig-zag Zig-zag Zig-zag is shaped like the letter S. Some of these sharp turns are banked at an angle of 80 ! degrees. "ac" L"''.'a "1.M9" Rldin9 The Olympic bob races are ..... . , m viuea into two pans me races ior dl- dl- two-man two-man two-man and four-man four-man four-man bobs. Twen ty-one ty-one ty-one teams are expected to be entered entered In the races next month. Among the nations which will have representatives In the hair-curling hair-curling hair-curling races are: France, Germany, Austria, Austria, Switzerland, England, Rumania Rumania and the United States. Great care is taken in the construction construction of the bob-sleds. bob-sleds. bob-sleds. They are built of steel and wood and weigh approximately 500 pounds. The four-man four-man four-man bobs with their greater weight, attain the faster speeds, often striking a pace of over 60 miles an hour in the wild journey down the crystal-like crystal-like crystal-like slide. A four-man four-man four-man bob team is composed of a steersman, a brakesman and two other. The two additional men are not merely carried aa excess excess baggage. They also play an Important part ln helping the tied to attain lta maximum speed. All four men must coordinate. They must "bob" their bodies backward and forwaru In unison to Increase the speed and carry thmselves so that the heavy sled retains its balance balance as It hurtles down the Icy course. Red Devil Team Set New Record A world' record was established last year over the Mt. Van Hoevcnberg Hoevcnberg course by the "Red Devil" team fronf Saranac Lake. This team, composed of Henry Hombcr-gcr, Hombcr-gcr, Hombcr-gcr, Percy D. Bryant, Paul Stevens and Edmund S. Horton, flashed down the mile and a half course ln one minute and fifty-two fifty-two fifty-two seconds. The United States is the defending defending champion in the Olympic bob races. In 1928, at St. Morltz, the winning American team consisted of William Flske, driver, Edward Eagan, Clifford Gray and Jay O'Brien, brakesman. This game team will ln all probability be one of the representatives of this country country in the Olympic races next month. Winner Get Point Credits Unlike the rest of the Olympic winter sports, only the winning teams ln the bob race receive point credits. No points are awarded awarded to any other team but the winners winners of the championships. The bob sled races are the only sport on the program where the participants do not use their own muscles to attain speed. It probably probably has no real place on the Olympic program, but it serves its purpose it is the spectacular ballyhoo ballyhoo of the third Olympic winter games. Read the Classified.