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The 'Science' behind bobsledding

From a recent issue of Popular Science...

Leg Power

Combined, the team’s legs can exert 3,855 watts, enough to light up 64 bulbs.

Mike Sudal

1. On track

Picture a bobsled course as three sections: a 49-foot segment where athletes get their sleigh moving ahead of the starting line; a 65-to 100-foot portion they use to build up speed after the clock starts; and the remaining 4,000 or so feet down which they ride, twisting and turning, to the finish line. The first few runs of the day are always faster: Each one creates more friction-increasing ruts, upping times.

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