Riding in an Olympic Bobsleigh

Riding in an Olympic Bobsleigh

While visiting #Whistler, #BritishColumbia, I found out that the Whistler Sliding Center, host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, is open to the public. I had the ride of my life on the #bobsleigh track, with #active speeds up to 124 km/hr! It was an adrenaline rush like no other and I'm just sorry that I hadn't known of it sooner!


Bang! Bang! Bang! That’s all I could hear as my helmeted head bobbled around inside of the bobsleigh. It didn’t hurt, but I couldn’t control the way that my head moved with all of the strength in my neck. It bounced off the sides of the sled with each turn and into the helmet in front of me. I managed to lift my head in between corners, where I giddily laughed and strained to tilt my head upward.

I was at the Whistler Sliding Centre and taking part in the public bobsleigh ride. While the track may have been the host venue of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events are now a legacy enjoyed by residents, visitors, and athletes alike. And, I was one of them.

bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events are now a legacy enjoyed by residents, visitors, and athletes alike

My bobsleigh ride experience began with an orientation session, including helmet fitting, track etiquette, and safety guidelines. After orientation, we were shuttled up the road to the starting position, where we met the track crew who walked us through the final safety checks. From there, it was all up to gravity. Our crew pushed us down the track and we took off like a bullet.

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Bobsleigh at Whistler Olympic Park

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The bobsleigh began to pick up speed, going faster and faster around each corner. Everything flew by my field of vision in such a blur that I could hardly focus on what was up and what was down. I never felt unsafe, in fact I enjoyed the loss of control. 

I never felt unsafe, in fact I enjoyed the loss of control

It was up to the track to guide us, and when a gravitational pull of 4g took over at our top speed of 124 km/hr, it was up to sled to keep us tucked inside. I couldn’t help but let out excited “wooo’s” each time my stomach dropped and one last disoriented cheer as we slid up the final stretch.

I felt absolutely intoxicated with adrenaline.

Our team with a time of 41.27 seconds.
Our team with a time of 41.27 seconds.
The groups: we were the very first ones to go!On the track, about to climb into the sled
The groups: we were the very first ones to go!
At Whistler Sliding Centre
At Whistler Sliding Centre
The groups: we were the very first ones to go!On the track, about to climb into the sled
On the track, about to climb into the sled
A memorial bench for Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who sadly crashed on the track during the 2010 Winter OlympicsView of the track
A memorial bench for Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who sadly crashed on the track during the 2010 Winter Olympics
The winning teams
The winning teams
A memorial bench for Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who sadly crashed on the track during the 2010 Winter OlympicsView of the track
View of the track
You can find many souvenirs in the lobby!
You can find many souvenirs in the lobby!
About to slide! (me in the back)
About to slide! (me in the back)
Photo by Tom Ryan. (that’s me taking a photo and video simultaneously)
Photo by Tom Ryan. (that’s me taking a photo and video simultaneously)
That’s Pat, as in Pat Brown the coach from 1988’s Jamaican Bob Sled team. Pat is now a pilot at the Whistler Sliding Centre and you can meet him yourselfRain or shine, the ride will go onThe track
That’s Pat, as in Pat Brown the coach from 1988’s Jamaican Bob Sled team. Pat is now a pilot at the Whistler Sliding Centre and you can meet him yourself
The flags of the countries competing 
The flags of the countries competing 
Olympic circles
Olympic circles
Here we go!
Here we go!
That’s Pat, as in Pat Brown the coach from 1988’s Jamaican Bob Sled team. Pat is now a pilot at the Whistler Sliding Centre and you can meet him yourselfRain or shine, the ride will go onThe track
Rain or shine, the ride will go on
Canadian bob
Canadian bob
That’s Pat, as in Pat Brown the coach from 1988’s Jamaican Bob Sled team. Pat is now a pilot at the Whistler Sliding Centre and you can meet him yourselfRain or shine, the ride will go onThe track
The track
Whistler Sliding Centre
Whistler Sliding Centre

I’m disappointed that I had only just learned that this was something that is available to the public. Had I known sooner, I would have tried it out a long time ago. It’s totally worth it and I hope to try more tracks around the world. Who knows, maybe you’ll see me at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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