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Bobsleigh at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games

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Host City: Albertville, France
Date Started: February 15, 1992
Date Finished: February 22, 1992
Events: 2

Participants: 159 (158 men and 0 women) from 25 countries
Youngest Participant: CAN Jack Pyc (19 years, 219 days)
Oldest Participant: ISV Michael Juhlin (46 years, 125 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): SUI Donat Acklin and SUI Gustav Weder (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (3 medals)

Overview

The bobsleigh events at the Albertville Winter Games were held at the neighbouring valley of La Plagne. Construction began on the track in 1988 and was completed by December 1990.

The track measured 1507 m with a drop in altitude from start to finish of 124 m at an average gradient of 8.29% and included 19 curves. It has been a regular stop on the World Cup circuit since it was opened.

These Games saw the zenith of participation in Olympic bobsleighs, as 77 sleds from 25 different nations took to the ice. This is a record that is now unlikely to be broken after the FIBT limited entries via a quota system.

Despite the greater number of entries the strongest nations of the 80s, Germany and Switzerland, were still expected to be the teams to beat. Switzerland did indeed win the two-man event but a desperately close finish to the four-man event brought a victory to the underdogs from Austria.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Two SUI Switzerland-1 GER Germany-1 GER Germany-2
Men's Four AUT Austria-1 GER Germany-1 SUI Switzerland-1