Australian Bobsleigh athletes will take to the track at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games from February 18-25, with medals awarded in three different events; women’s two man, men’s two man and men’s four man.
The previous host nation of Russia will look to continue their success on the track after sweeping the men’s gold medals at their home Games. Meanwhile in the women’s event Canada will look to replicate their Sochi gold medal performance, with the silver and bronze American teams looking to overthrow them.
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 Olympians, Lucas Mata and Gareth Nichols will hope to provide Olympic experience in the men’s events, looking to improve on their 22nd place finish in the four-man race at the 2014 Games. The pair will be joined by two rookies of Lachlan Reidy, Hayden Smith and David Mari.
In the women’s event, Breanna Walker, Ashleigh Werner and Mikayla Dunn will look to form the women’s two-man event with trio providing fresh talent having only being introduced to the sport in the last couple of years.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia will be aiming to qualify athletes in most events in Bobsleigh at PyeongChang 2018. Qualification will be based on having placed in the top 26 for men and top 16 for women of a IBSF Ranking List during the 2017/2018 qualification period, which will be finalised by 14 January 2018.
Australian crews that do not qualify through the IBSF Ranking List may secure qualification if the there is no continental representation. For Australia this is an Oceania representation. The quota allocation will be made based on the IBSF Ranking List per event of the 2017/2018 season during the qualification period.
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If an athlete has qualified then they will be eligible to be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection. For the full details on nomination to the Australian Olympic Winter Team click here for women>>> or click here for men>>>
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
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