Young athletes train in Para bobsleigh

The last training session of the International Monobob, Para Bob and Skeleton School concluded in Latvia. 05 Apr 2017
A bobsleigh goes so fast down the track it's a blur.

Bobsleigh, a fan favourite sport at the Olympic Games, is in the early development stages for athletes with an impairment.

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By International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation and IPC

Para athletes received valuable training via school sessions hosted by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (ISBF) that were held across Europe.

The International Monobob, Para Bob and Skeleton School – as part of the IBSF Pilot Development Programme and the Emerging Nations Support – held training sessions between over the last few months.

In early March, the school welcomed 22 athletes between 14 to 19 years old across 10 nations, with three Para athletes from Austria and Germany taking part.

Over the five days, the beginners learned about monobobs, had daily track walks with the coaches and at least three training runs per day, starting from a slow start position and then from the top on the icetrack in Innsbruck-Igls, Austria.

Another session, and the final one, concluded on 26 March on the icetrack in Sigulda, Latvia, that followed up on similar skills and techniques from Austria earlier in the month.

IBSF Para Sport Coordinator Kristaps Kotans led the Para athletes’ sessions. The school was led by German bobsleigh pilot Wolfgang Hoppe, 1984 Olympic Champion and four time World Champion in both 2-man and 4-man bobsleigh.