Skeleton and bobsled are part of the same international organization - their races occur on the same schedule. St Moritz is a bobsled and skeleton crazy town as evidenced by the bobsled decorations outside hotels, skeleton statue and of course, chocolate sleds. This is Switzerland afterall - big events must be commemorated in chocolate.
|skeleton racer statue|
|chocolate and marzipan sled, but sadly, no women athletes|
|home of the only natural ice track|
|competitors and time to beat|
|Jazmine and Katie (in white jackets) walk between coaches and athletes to get to the starting box|
|Jazmine and brakeman, Katie, at the starting box|
|Jazmine and Katie getting ready to push off|
|a good start is crucial|
|in the sled - now it's all up to the driver|
|sled follows the track along the banners|
|video is shown on the jumbotron|
|Jazmine talking with a coach|
|me with Jazmine's sled|
The track is swept between all racers. Jazmine's sled is at the start again being prepared for run #2.
|pushing hard again!|
We followed the walking trail beside the bobsled track - here are some views of the track along the way. It is a bit scary when the sleds whiz past.
|men's sled in the horshoe curve|
|at the finish line - photo by Neis photography|
Jazmine introduced us to her good friend, Esme, who is the pilot of the Dutch sled. Here is a shot of Esme and her rookie brakeman, Melissa, who we also met. They invited Jazmine and us to have a sushi dinner with the Dutch team. It was a lot of fun.
There is a spot along the bobsled track where it goes under a railroad bridge. We heard a train coming, but I couldn't get my camera out in time. It did look just like this postcard - beautiful contrast of red against the white.
"Monobob" may be a sled of the future. It was driven down the track before each race began. Not sure why, but it was fun to watch.
Jazmine was disappointed with her results, but we still had fun. Each time we learn about the sport and get to know Jazmine better. Best of luck to you and team USA in Sochi!
We thought it was especially nice of St. Moritz to leave up their holiday lights until after this event. Here are some views of what is a very beautiful small town. I'd recommend going there.
|Swiss flags stand out against a blue or gray sky|
Keeping the bubbly cold - yes, you could buy a glass from either of these outdoor ice bars.
|view from our hotel|
(photo credit for sleds in motion goes to Tom)