Host City: Torino, Italy
Date Started: February 17, 2006
Date Finished: February 26, 2006
Participants: 150 (118 men and 32 women) from 22 countries
Youngest Participant: Jamie Cruickshank (20 years, 47 days)
Oldest Participant: Ivan Šola (44 years, 75 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 4 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): Germany (3 medals)
The bobsleigh events of the 2006 Winter Olympics were held at the Cesana Pariol track at Cesana Torinese 70 km west of Torino. The run was specially constructed for the 2006 Olympic Games and was completed in December 2004. Following a spate of injuries at a test event for luge in January 2005 alterations were made to the profile of the ice on the final three curves before the final safety certificate was issued. Despite these modifications the track had a reputation for being amongst the world’s fastest and most difficult to drive. The track was 1435 m in length with nineteen curves and a drop of 114 m from top to bottom. Three of the curves were named after former Olympic champions, namely [Nino Bibbia], [Paul Hildgartner] and [Eugenio Monti]. A slight change to the format of the competition meant that only the top twenty in the standings at the end of the third run qualified for the final run.
German crews won all three available titles with [André Lange] piloting Germany I to a rare two-man and four-man double victory.