Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Australian Bobsleigh male athletes will take to the track at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games from February 18-25, with medals awared in the both two-man and four-man events.
Sharing the course with fellow sliding sports, Skeleton and Luge, Bobsleigh will be the final sport to contest for Olympic medals at the 2018 Games.
Australians to Watch: Sochi Olympian Lucas Mata will provide Olympic experience in the men’s events, looking to improve on his 22nd place finish in the four-man race at the 2014 Games. Mata will pilot both the 2-man and 4-man events, joined by David Mari in the 2-man and Lachlan Reidy and Hayden Smith in the 4-man competition.
The 2-man event will be held on Days 9 & 10 of the Games (February 18 & 19) and the 4-man taking to the track on Days 15 & 16 (February 24 & 25)
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia qualified a men's bobsleigh team by placing in the top 26 on the IBSF ranking list during the 2017/18 qualification period.
Competition Format & Events
Bobsleigh consists of three events in the Olympic program; the male four-man and two-man and female two-man. Each event consists of four heats, held on two consecutive days. The four runs are timed to 0.01 seconds. The final standings are determined by the total time over the four runs; the winner is the sled with the lowest aggregate time. If two teams complete the competition in a tie, they are awarded the same place.
Since Torino, only the 20 best-ranked sleds will compete in the fourth run. Entries are limited to two sleds per nation. The starting order is decided according to the nation's rankings on the World Cup.
The athletes push the bobsleigh reaching speeds of about 40km/h before they jump onto it. Once the crew is loaded, the pilot steers the sled through twisting, high speed turns and straightaways where top speeds can reach over 130km/h. The success of a team hinges on the initial pushing phase, as well as the steering and the materials of the sled (the sled and blades). Maximum sled weight of the combined team and equipment is specified, and the temperature of the runners measured prior to the competition to deter warming. If the bobsleigh overturns, but all members of the team have passed the finish line inside it, the descent is considered valid.
Australia and Olympic Bobsleigh
Australia first competed in bobsleigh at Calgary 1988. There were two two-man teams and one four-man team. Australia has been represented at every Games since with the exception of Salt Lake 2002.
The best Australian two-man results were Jason Giobbi and Adam Barclay at Nagano 1998 and Jeremy Rolleston and Shane McKenzie at Torino 2006, who also placed 22nd. Justin McDonald, Glenn Carroll, Scott Walker and Adam Barclay achieved the best four-man result of 20th at Lillehammer 1994.
At Torino, Australia was represented for the first time ever in the women's event by Astrid Loch-Wilkinson and Kylie Reed who placed 14th. Loch-Wilkinson contested her second Games in Vancouver 2010 alongside teammate Cecilia McIntosh. In Vancouver there was also two two-man and one four-man squad in the men’s.
Pre-PyeongChang AUS Tally
6 (Days 9-12, 15-16)
Olympic Sliding Centre
- Medal Events
3 (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)
- Total Athletes
170 (130 men & 40 women)
- AUS Athletes
Bobsleigh boys reach new speeds 24 February 2018
Australia's 4-man bobsleigh team discuss Day 1 of competition.
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Aussies in Action Day 15 24 February 2018
Check out all the past shots of the six Aussie athletes in action on the penultimate day of the PyeongChang 2018 Games.
2-man down, 4-man to go 20 February 2018
The bobsleigh team have been in the centre of the Aussie cheer squad, but now it's their time to shine on the track in the 4-man event at the end of the week.
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Aussie-est quotes during the 2018 Winter Olympics 19 February 2018
It doesn't get much more Aussie than this!
Aussies in Action - Day 10 19 February 2018
From the extreme heights of big air, to the pace of bobsleigh and speed skating, check out the Aussies in action on Day 10.
Aussies in action - Day 9 18 February 2018
All the best shots from the Aussies laying it down in PyeongChang.