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Bobsleigh is a sport in which teams make runs down iced tracks in a sled. Also known as bobsled, in this winter sport teams of two or four make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled. Individual runs down the course begin from a standing start, with the crew pushing the sled for up to 50 metres before boarding. Over the rest of the course, a sleigh's speed depends on its weight, aerodynamics, runners, the condition of the ice, and the skill of the pilot.
The original bobsleds were adapted luge or skeleton sleds designed to carry passengers. In the winter of 1903, the owners of the historic Kulm Hotel in St Moritz, Switzerland, organised the construction of the first track, ending in the village of Cresta. It has hosted the sport during two Olympics and is still in use today. Bobsleigh is now a highly competitive, international extreme sport that harnesses the latest in aerodynamics technology.