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Bobsleigh at the 1928 Sankt Moritz Winter Games

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Date Started: February 18, 1928
Date Finished: February 18, 1928
Events: 1

Participants: 116 (116 men and 0 women) from 14 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Tom Doe (15 years, 128 days)
Oldest Participant: NED Hubert Menten (54 years, 158 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 15 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (2 medals)

Overview

Bobsleigh's birthplace is Sankt Moritz, the sport taking form in the 1880s. The world's first purpose-built bobsleigh track was also laid out near St. Moritz, at Celerina, following a fundraiser in 1903. The track, inaugurated on 1 January 1904, was used for the 1928 Olympics as well. It is still among the world's most famous tracks, including the notorious Horseshoe curve. As in 1924, there was only one bobsleigh event, and the rules allowed for either four or five persons manning the sleds. Unlike in Chamonix, all crews used five sledders. Another difference was the sleighing style: in 1924, the crewmen were merely sitting in the sleigh, but St. Moritz was more suited to lying down. This style was not known to many of the competitors, and adopting it proved difficult.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Four/Five USA United States-2 USA United States-1 GER Germany-2