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Bobsleigh - Champions
The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), also known by its French name Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) is the international sports federation as well as the governing body for bobsleigh and skeleton. As of 2007, it works as a parent association to 14 national bobsleigh and skeleton associations.
IBSF was founded on November 23, 1923 by delegates from France, Switzerland and Great Britain along with representatives from USA and Canada in Paris, France. Its head quarter is in Lausanne, Switzerland. There are 14 tracks all over the world which are used for IBSF competitions.
The championships that are organized by IBSF are −
- Bobsleigh Winter Olympics
- Bobsleigh World Cup
- FIBT World Championships
Bobsleigh is a sport where the players with a team of two or four members slide on a sleigh. The team that completes the race with less time is the winner. Let us now have a brief synopsis on some of the champions of Bobsleigh and their careers.
Alexey Voyevoda is a bobsleigh player from Russia who is also an arm wrestler. He was the champion of 2014 Winter Olympics where he won both two-man and four-man events. He started his career in bobsleighing in 2002 and won a silver medal in 2006 Winter Olympics.
In 2008 FIBT World Championships, he won a bronze medal in two-man event. In 2010 Winter Olympics, Alexey won a bronze medal. He was awarded with The Order For Merit to the Fatherland Award by Vladimir Putin.
Alexandr Zubkov is a Bobsleigh player from Russia who has won medals in four Olympics. He also won medals in FIBT World Championships where he won one silver in 2005 in two-man event, one silver in 2008 in four-man event and two bronzes in 2008 in Bobsleigh World Cup.
In 2014 Winter Olympics, he won gold in both two-man and four-man events. He was awarded with The Order For Merit to the Fatherland Award by Vladimir Putin. He retired in 2014 due to long time injury and did not take part in further competitions.
Steve Mesler is a Bobsleigh player from America who is a gold medallist in Olympics. He won his first gold medal in 2010 Olympics where he was a pusher for Steve Holocomb.
In 2009, he participated in four-man event in FIBT World Championships and won two medals. He was inducted in National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Steven Holocomb is a Bobsleigh player from America who won a gold medal in 2010 Winter Olympics in the four-man event. Holocomb started his career as an alpine skier but later he started competing in bobsleighing. In 2004- 2005 season, Holocomb was ranked second and third American driver.
In 2006-2007 season he won two-man World Cup Championship. In 2009, Holocomb won a gold in four-man and three bronzes in twoman events in FIBT World Championships. Holocomb has also won 2007 and 2010 Combined World Cup titles along with four-man World Cup title in 2010.
Heather Moyse is a Bobsleigh player from Canada. She is also a track cyclist and rugby union player. Moyse started her bobsleigh season in 2005-2006 and won four medals in World Cup circuit.
In 2007-2008 season, Moyse won a silver and a bronze medal. In 2009-2010 season, she again won a gold in World Cup. In 2010 Winter Olympics, she won a gold in two-woman event. In 2014 Winter Olympics, she again won a gold medal in two-woman event.
Kaillie Humphries is a bobsleigh player from Canada who won gold medals in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. Along with this, she has won 28 FIBT World Cup medals and seven FIBT World Championships. She is also awarded with 2014 Lou Marsh Award for being the top athlete. Humphries started her bobsleigh career in 2002 as a brakeman.
In 2008 FIBT World Championships, she won a silver medal. After 2010 Olympics, she was not much successful in World Championships. In 2011-2012 World Cup season, she won a gold medal. She also won 2012-2013 Bobsleigh World Cup and 2013 FIBT World Championship.
Elana Meyers is a bobsleigh player from America who started her career in 2007. In 2009 FIBT World Championships, she won a silver medal. In 2010 Winter Olympics, she won a bronze medal. In 2013 FIBT World Championships, she won a silver medal.
She also won a silver medal in 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2015, she won a gold medal for her country in World Championship. Along with this, she also led mixed gender team and attained a third place in US trials.
Shauna Rohbock is a bobsleigh player from America who is also a soccer player. In 2006 Winter Olympics, she won a silver medal in the two-woman event. She also won a silver medal in 2006-2007 season in Bobsleigh World Cup.
She won first world cup in 2006 in Calgary race followed by second win in the same year. In 2005 and 2007 World Cup, she won bronze medals whereas in 2009 World cup, she won a silver medal in two-woman event and a bronze medal in mixed team event.