Updated: 02/17/2014 5:53 PM
Created: 02/17/2014 4:07 PM WHEC.com
By: Scott Kilbury
The U.S. makes a run for its first Olympic bobsled medal since the 1932 games in Lake Placid. You don’t have to go all the way to Sochi to experience the thrill of the Olympic venue. You can slide down an actual Olympic bobsled run at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid for a ride. Take it from News10NBC’s Scott Kilbury, it’s a ride you’ll never forget. This is Scott’s experience with the bobsled.
It’s the home to the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track. It is the only one east of the Rockies. The Olympic Sports Complex is a study in extremes. Quite a few people are extremely interested in the bobsled.
Harold and Patricia came all the way from Georgia to celebrate their 35th anniversary in style.
After a ride up to the half-mile maker, everyone is fitted with a helmet and there is a brief reading of the rules. The sled is big and sleek, but it’s not the same as the NASCAR designed sleds you see in this year’s Olympics. Also, you’re not running and jumping in.
Still, if you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a comet, this is it. You wind through the same track used by Olympic racers through shady, labyrinth and the heart, turns known by racers the world over.
I feel the rumble of the sled’s blades passing over the track’s iced surface. We slide through one turn, bank high on the next one and pick up speed on the straightaway.
The more aerodynamic Olympic sleds get up to 88 miles per hour down the full mile track. This tops off at half that speed, but still faster than you're allowed to drive a car through town. I'm down the half mile trek in 45 seconds.
A ride I’ll never forget, but I received a photo that proves I can cross one more thing off that bucket list. But like everyone else, I want to do it again.