2.24.2010

Up on the Mountain Top

 

Today was the day I went to Whistler for the first time this season.  Yes, a long awaited time.
Whistler (the only mountain without snow issues) was home for women's bobsleigh tonight.  And boy did things go by pretty fast.


After a day's work, Canada ends up at the top of the table after the heats.  Kallie Humphries and Heather Moyse set a new track record with a time of 53.01.  Just standing there at any point along the track you could tell it would break the record.

Bobsleigh is one of the three sports that are considered the fastest out of any Winter Olympic sport.  But that was understated compared to the speed that turn 16 (Thunderbird) brings.

We all knew of Thunderbird turn since the finishing of this track.  Not only was this track the fastest in the world, but at turn 16, the speed of any luger/skeleton/bobsled is at its peak.  And then that unfortunate circumstance that I would not wish to bring up again.  But the adrenaline you can pick up from just one run is intoxicating!

Turn Thunderbird's speed was as shocking as the name meant it to be.  The thunderous clap before the end of the storm was how most of the bobsleds went.

The only justice that can be delivered towards this last turn is seeing it in person.  No words can do it justice other than its the fastest in the world and it's faster than riding top speed in a porshe in the Daytona 500.

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