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How much does an Olympic bobsleigh weigh?

Bobsleigh is one of the most watched events at the Winter Games, but the intricacies of the sport remain a bit of a mystery to some – for example, how much do they actually weigh?

It depends.

The sport is one of three luge events on the Beijing Olympics, with 12 medals awarded. Men compete in teams of four and two, and women compete in teams of two or solo, in monobob.

Each division requires a different weight for the sled. The women’s monobob makes its Olympic debut in those games, featuring a one-person sled, like the one Kaillie Humphries of the United States rode for 4 minutes 19.27 seconds to win a gold medal on Monday. The monobob is among the lightest sleds at around 365 pounds.

The sled for two-woman teams weighs at least 284 pounds, while the two-man sled weighs at least 384 pounds, according to the USA Bobsled/Skeleton Corporation.

But a four-man sled, made of metal and fiberglass, averages 462 pounds and weighs up to 1,389 pounds with its crew of two pushers, a driver and a brakeman.

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