Bobsleigh at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Dates 17 – 26 February 2006
Medal Events 3

The bobsleigh events of the 2006 Winter Olympics were held at the Cesana Pariol track at Cesana Torinese 70 km west of Torino. The run was specially constructed for the 2006 Olympic Games and was completed in December 2004. Following a spate of injuries at a test event for luge in January 2005 alterations were made to the profile of the ice on the final three curves before the final safety certificate was issued. Despite these modifications the track had a reputation for being amongst the world’s fastest and most difficult to drive. The track was 1435 m in length with nineteen curves and a drop of 114 m from top to bottom. Three of the curves were named after former Olympic champions, namely Nino Bibbia, Paul Hildgartner and Eugenio Monti. A slight change to the format of the competition meant that only the top twenty in the standings at the end of the third run qualified for the final run.

German crews won all three available titles with André Lange piloting Germany I to a rare two-man and four-man double victory.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Two, Men Olympic 17 – 19 February 2006 58 19
Four, Men Olympic 24 – 26 February 2006 101 18
Two, Women Olympic 19 – 21 February 2006 32 10
150 (118/32) 22 (22/10)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Two, Men Germany 1GER Canada 1CAN Switzerland 1SUI
Four, Men Germany 1GER Russian Federation 1RUS Switzerland 1SUI
Two, Women Germany 1GER United States 1USA Italy 1ITA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Germany GER 3 0 0 3
Canada CAN 0 1 0 1
Russian Federation RUS 0 1 0 1
United States USA 0 1 0 1
Switzerland SUI 0 0 2 2
Italy ITA 0 0 1 1