Pride of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, is the new GBP2???? million (5.25?
AV Igls bobsleigh run in mountains.
CU Sign (XIIth Olympics Winter Sports)
LTV Section of run.
CU Chart showing bob run path.
SV PAN Bobsleigh at start of run and round bends.
LV PAN Sleigh down un, round long curve, under tunnel and out into another curve.
GV Electronic scoreboard.
GV Commentary boxes on hillside.
STV PAN Bobber on run, goes beneath awnings.
SV Awnings over run.
SV Bobber on run.
SV Girl praying at start of run.
CU TV Camera on bend.
SV PAN Girl starts run and careers into and off first bend.
SV Observation point beside run.
GV AND CU Television monitors showing all sections of course; bobber makes run. (2 shots)
SV Bobber finishes run.
GV Schloss Hotel and sign.
GV Schloss Hotel.
Initials VS 22.10 VS 22.45
SPORT: ICE BOBSLEIGH AND TOBOGGAN
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Background: Pride of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, is the new GBP2???? million (5.25 million U.S. dollars) artificial ice bobsleigh and toboggan run at nearby Igls.
The new run coils 3660 feet (1200 metres) down the mountainside. It drops 300 feet (90 metres) in altitude and its average gradient is 8.5 or a 1 in 2 drop.
It has all the ingredients for a classic ride, with the right combination of straights and bends. Its main feature is the 267 degree bend, about half way down.
In trial runs, tobogganers reached speeds of nearly 80 mph (130 kph), making it one of the world's fastest artificial ice runs.
Five cooling plants keep the new run at the right temperature all year round.
The new run was combined with the existing concrete run - the world's first -- built for the Winter Olympics, also staged at Innsbruck, in 1964.
It is the most expensive project for the Olympics organisers. All other events will be held at the 1964 sites which have been renovated.
After the Winter Olympics, the entire site will be available to all bobsleigh and toboggan enthusiasts, whether champions or beginners.
When a starting gate has been installed in the lower part of the turn, all spare-time sportsmen will be able to make use of the run.
Some older bobsleighers have praised the new run for its safety, while the most reckless competitors said they have found it too slow and not dangerous enough.
SYNOPSIS: Coiling down the side of the Heiligwasser is the pride of the nineteen seventy six winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria-its new two and a half million pound artificial ice bobsleigh and toboggan run.
The new run is three thousand six hundred and sixty feet long, drops three hundred feet in altitude and its gradient is eight point five, or one in twelve.
It has all the ingredients for a classic ride, with a good combination of straights and bends. Its main feature is the two hundred and sixty seven degree bend about half way down.
It was the most expensive project for the Olympic organisers,who are making this the "simple" Olympics. All other events will be held on the sites used in the nineteen sixty four Olympics, also staged in Innsbruck.
The new artificial ice run has been combined with the existing bobsleigh run. Some older bobsleigh riders have praised the new run for its safety while the more reckless competitors have said it is too slow and not dangerous enough. After the Olympics, the entire site will be available to all bobsleigh and toboggan enthusiasts.
In trial runs, tobogganers reached speeds of nearly eighty miles an hour, making this one of the world's fastest artificial ice runs. Television monitors will track competitors when the runs start operating in earnest. Thousands of trial runs were carried out without any serious accident.
The Olympics also mean a large number of visitors, and some of the more sophisticated hotels are already prepared for the influx.