A United States Air Force team won the North American four-man bobsled championships in Lake Placid, New York State, on Sunday (2 March).
SV Bobsledders limbering up (2 shots)
SV AND LV Four-man bobsled tem leaving start (2 shots)
GV Bobsled at speed rounding bend (4 shots)
TV Bobsled banking on bend and down to finish curve (2 shots)
GV Bobsled down straight
LV Jim Hickey (USAF) and team arriving at finish
TRANSCRIPT: DAVID NOLAN: "Limbering up bobsledders resemble track and field athletes -- a long jog to unwind muscles, knotted by tension, concentration's inescapable partner. A ritual summons what little traction one can master on ice for the sprint that hurtles over fourteen-hundred pounds into a narrow twisting chute. Drivers manipulate the crew's fate -- a fate that dangles at the end of the rope, bobsledding's most common steering mechanism. Speeds often reach one hundred miles an hour, when the temperature is cold enough to prevent soft ice from crushing beneath the stainless steel runners. In the four-man's two men act as the ballast, challenging gravity at (the big bend) -- a hungry curve that's gobbled up more than one sled. Old-timers tell you that it's guts and control after (the bend) zigging and zagging through a bumpy straightaway into the finish curve. Eleven teams from the United States and Canada entered this year's North American, only ten completed two heats after a high bank removed the stitching from one rider's jacket and it took a doctor to put it back. Jim Hickey flew the US Air Force sled on the day's two fastest missions, to take first in two minutes eighteen and six-tenths seconds.
Another American sled piloted by Spencer Knight took second by less than a second over Quebec's Larry Gilbride who captured third."
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This film includes an English commentary by TVN reporter David Nolan.
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Background: A United States Air Force team won the North American four-man bobsled championships in Lake Placid, New York State, on Sunday (2 March).
The team led by Jim Hickey clocked in at two minutes 18 and six-tenths seconds. The second place went to another American team piloted by Spencer Knight who was barely a second faster than the third placed Canadian team.
Eleven teams from the United States and Canada entered the competition, but only ten completed the two heats.