Bobsleigh at the 1988 Winter Olympics
at the XV Olympic Winter Games
|Venue||Canada Olympic Park|
|Competitors||135 from 23 nations|
The event included competitors from countries with little or no snow. These countries included Jamaica (whose involvement spurred the Walt Disney Pictures film 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.
This was the second and last time that Soviet Union took part in bobsleigh teams.
|Totals (3 nations)||2||2||2||6|
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.
|| Soviet Union (URS)
|3:53.48|| East Germany (GDR)
|3:54.19|| East Germany (GDR)
|| Switzerland (SUI)
|3:47.51|| East Germany (GDR)
|3:47.58|| Soviet Union (URS)
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 Netherlands Antilles, Australia, Bulgaria, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand and Portugal.
- "Calgary 1988 Official Report" (PDF). XV Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1988. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "Bobsleigh at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
- David Wallechinsky: "The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics" (2002 edition) ISBN 1-85410-807-7
- Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2009). "Bobsleigh". In The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics: 2010 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited.