USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Jun 12 Summer Heat

June 12, 2008, 4:46 p.m. (ET)
Most people don't know that bobsledding is a year-round sport. In fact, most people don't even realize that there are competitions outside of the Olympic Games. Oh well, it's not their fault, it's hard to compete against the professional sports.

Anyway, since bobsled training isn't exactly common knowledge, I'd like to try to clear some stuff up. The first thing to understand is that in the summer we train, in the winter we compete. Summer training mainly consists of lifting a lot of weight, and running a lot of sprints. You can do it pretty much anywhere which is why athletes train all over the country and not necessarily near a bobsled track (we especially like warm climates like It's a cold job, but somebody's gotta do it.San Diego).

So, next time you come across a bobsledder in a random place, you'll understand and won't make a weird comment like, "There's no snow in San Diego, why are you here?" or "How can you train here, there isn't a bobsled track?".

I don't want to use up all of my blog ideas on the first one, so I'll end here and let you think of your own questions to ask. I'll answer a few common misunderstandings in my next post. Until then, ciao.