Bobsleigh at the 1988 Winter Olympics

at the XV Olympic Winter Games
VenueCanada Olympic Park
Dates20-28 February
Competitors135 from 23 nations

Bobsleigh at the 1988 Winter Olympics consisted of two events, at Canada Olympic Park. The competition took place between February 20 and February 28, 1988.[1]

The event included competitors from countries with little or no snow.[2] These countries included Jamaica (whose involvement spurred the movie Cool Runnings), Mexico, and New Zealand. An informal "Caribbean Cup" of such countries was won by New Zealand's Alexander Peterson and Peter Henry, who finished equal twentieth. In the two-man event, the best result from a completely snow-less country was twenty-ninth by Bart Carpentier Alting and Bart Dreschsel of the Netherlands Antilles. Alting also competed in luge, finishing thirty-sixth out of thirty-eight.[2]

Medal summary

Medal table


 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 1 0 1 2
2 Switzerland 1 0 0 1
3 East Germany 0 2 1 3

Three countries won medals in Calgary, with the Soviet Union leading the medal table, winning two medals, one gold and one bronze. Germany won the most medals, with three.



Event Gold Silver Bronze
 Soviet Union (URS)
Jānis Ķipurs
Vladimir Kozlov
3:53.48  East Germany (GDR)
Wolfgang Hoppe
Bogdan Musiol
3:54.19  East Germany (GDR)
Bernhard Lehmann
Mario Hoyer
 Switzerland (SUI)
Ekkehard Fasser
Kurt Meier
Marcel Fässler
Werner Stocker
3:47.51  East Germany (GDR)
Josef Grull
Dietmar Schauerhammer
Bogdan Musiol
Ingo Voge
3:47.58  Soviet Union (URS)
Jānis Ķipurs
Guntis Osis
Juris Tone
Vladimir Kozlov

Participating NOCs


Twenty-three nations participated in bobsleigh at the 1988 Games. With nine debutants, more than a third of these were competing in Olympic bobsleigh for the first time. The nations making debuts were the Netherlands Antilles, Australia, Bulgaria, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand and Portugal.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Calgary 1988 Official Report" (PDF). XV Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1988. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  2. 1 2 David Wallechinsky: "The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics" (2002 edition) ISBN 1-85410-807-7
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