Jan 28, 2022
Jan 28, 2022

Winter Olympics 2022: Bobsleigh preview

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics bobsleigh betting

Bobsleigh history at the Winter Olympics

Who are the bobsleigh favourites at the Winter Olympics?

Winter Olympics 2022: Bobsleigh preview

Inform your predictions ahead of the bobsleigh competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics with insight, analysis, and odds from Pinnacle.

Winter Olympics: Bobsleigh schedule

Women’s tournament
February 13: Monobob Heats 1 and 2
February 14: Monobob Heats 3 and 4
February 18: 2-woman Heats 1 and 2
February 19: 2-woman Heats 3 and 4

Men's tournament
February 14: 2-man Heats 1 and 2
February 15: 2-man Heats 3 and 4
February 19: 4-man Heats 1 and 2
February 20: 4-man Heats 3 and 4

Bobsleigh betting basics: How bobsleigh is performed

The initial part of a bobsleigh track is straight and wide enough to allow players to push the sleigh, which provides the initial boost to the sleigh. The push-off generally takes around six seconds to perform.

Every team focuses on an explosive start and the first push applied by the players provides a significant contribution to the speed of the sleigh throughout the run. The players push the sleigh up to 50 metres and then they board it one by one. Once the push-off is complete, factors like gravity, momentum, condition of the ice, aerodynamics, and the driver’s skill-set play crucial roles in the speed of the sleigh. The brakeman is responsible for applying the brake to stop the sleigh at the end of the race.


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Once on the course, the driver’s job is to steer the sleigh accurately and effectively, ensuring it does not crash and that they make it to the end in a good time. For a driver, the greatest challenges lie during the high-speed corners where they have to control the sleigh’s speed and maintain the sleigh’s position on a tight line in order to prevent it from drifting high on the walls, which not only loses time but may also cause accidents.

The front runners of the sleigh are blunt but movable. The pilot steers the front runners in order to set the direction throughout the course. To reduce the friction between the sleigh and the ice, the runners are polished to a  smooth finish.

When it comes to the basic technique, two-man and four-man bobsleigh racing is very similar. Weight plays a crucial role in the speed of the sleigh, so four-man sleighs post faster race times than two-man sleighs. Also, the extra manpower in a four-man team gives an extra initial speed boost to the sleigh. As a consequence of the increased initial speed and weight, four-man sleighs are harder to ride than the two-man sleighs.

Winter Olympic bobsleigh history and 2022 favourites

By total medal count, Switzerland is the most successful nation in Winter Olympic bobsleigh history with 31 medals. However, Germany has won the most gold medals in the competition with 13 (25 total medals), with the United States also inside the top three on a total of 25 medals.

Bogdan Musiol of Germany remains the most successful athlete in Olympic bobsleigh history with seven medals, whilst his compatriots Kevin Kuske and Andre Lange hold the record for most gold medals with four apiece.

On the women’s side, Kaillie Humphries (5.000*) is the most successful female in Olympic bobsleigh history with three medals (two golds and one bronze). Fellow American, Elana Meyers Taylor (7.000*), also has three medals, but is yet to win gold at the Winter Games.

Both will be competing in the Women’s Monobob, an event that is making its debut at a Winter Olympic Games in 2022. Humphries is the current World Champion but will come under pressure from Germany’s Stephanie Schneider for the gold medal.

Types of bobsleigh bets

Bobsleigh outcome betting by race: Who will win each race? There are several heats to a bobsleigh competition. So, therefore, each athlete/team’s results are collated and the winner of each heat is determined by who got the quickest time. 

Bobsleigh overall outcome: This is a Futures bet on the outcome of the whole event (not just a heat) and who will be the winner of the gold medal in that event.

Who is favourite for the Winter Olympic 2-man bobsleigh event?

The two-man bobsleigh event at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018 was arguably the most intriguing event of the whole competition. The German and Canadian teams shared the gold medal after finishing with exactly the same time, down to the hundredth of a second. Germany’s Francesco Friedrich (1.133*)- who piloted the German sleigh - is the man to watch yet again, after winning gold in the four-man event in PyeongChang too. Friedrich also holds the record for World Championships - with seven titles to his name.

Where can I bet on bobsleigh?

Now that you know how to bet on bobsleigh and who the front-runners could be, you can take advantage of Pinnacle's unrivalled bobsleigh odds. Make the most of Pinnacle’s great value Winter Olympics betting odds during the 2022 Winter Olympics.


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