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« on: February 08, 2014, 11:03:54 PM »
Anybody else catch the add for the US 2 man bobsled. It's freekin designed by BMW. With all the auto designers in Detroit and all the aero space designers we have in this country, we couldn't design a freekin sled to compete in the Olympics. WTF!!!!   :facepalm:

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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014, 11:19:40 PM »
I was wondering the same thing. Not familiar with what companies design bobsleds, but it did strike me as off that it was not an american company.

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2014, 11:34:15 PM »
it is like the last Olympics where all the clothes the athletes wore were designed by ralph lauren but made in china.  :rolleyes:

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2014, 08:35:34 AM »
IIRC from last Olympics, BMW has a lock on the technology.  They make the best sleds. 



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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2014, 08:36:36 AM »
BMW made just about every sled this year for all the competitors.
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2014, 12:10:50 PM »
it is like the last Olympics where all the clothes the athletes wore were designed by ralph lauren but made in china.  :rolleyes:

so I had an idea the other day, since my winter hat doesn't fit quite over my ears, I thought I would shop for a hat matching the ones worn by the US athletes in the opening ceremony. They're all over eBay, most of them at or over $200. Screw that.

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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2014, 01:47:39 PM »
I enjoy watching the winter olympics over the summer. 

Gary, going to a BMW sled is an upgrade from the NASCAR engineered* sleds used in the past.







*  Well, not NASCAR, per se.  But, they were made by a NASCAR driver.
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2014, 04:40:13 PM »
So like were they only fast in left hand turns?
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2014, 08:35:13 AM »
Well, what would a bobsled look like if it were made by:
Harley? Overpriced and slow
Victory? Much the same but a bit quicker
Suzuki? It would go all right, but the paint would come off when it was touched and it would be pile of rust in minutes
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2014, 09:47:12 AM »
Regarding the BMW two-man bobsled, Bobby Rahal's American race team engineers (they run Z4s in the United Sportscar series) developed the steering mechanism for it.
Chicagoan Rahal is the chairman of the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation (read 'in charge of fundraising').

The American four-man bobsled is still built by stock car guy Geoff Bodine's company Bo-Dyn Bobsleds.  They won gold at the 2010 games with this sled, the first for the US in 62 years.

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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2014, 10:26:51 AM »
Regarding the BMW two-man bobsled, Bobby Rahal's American race team engineers (they run Z4s in the United Sportscar series) developed the steering mechanism for it.
Chicagoan Rahal is the chairman of the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation (read 'in charge of fundraising').

The American four-man bobsled is still built by stock car guy Geoff Bodine's company Bo-Dyn Bobsleds.  They won gold at the 2010 games with this sled, the first for the US in 62 years.

Good info, I didn't realize Rahal was involved. 

The Bondine sleds are actually known to be quite good.  FYI... my tongue was firmly planted in my cheek for the previous comment. 

I watched some of the luge event yesterday.  Wow, they're fast!  I can't wait to see the sleds run that course. 

Did anyone catch the men's downhill?  That course is insane!!!  I love how the skiers corner like motorcycle races and the jumps (i.e. cliffs) on this course makes it spectacular to watch. 
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2014, 10:33:35 AM »
When I was younger and skied a lot,  I dreamed of being a down hill racer - but watching that last night showed how old I have become.

Yikes!

The announcers said the racers loved the course though - go figure.
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