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BOBSLEIGH, SKELETON AND MONOBOB: FAST-PACED WINTER THRILLS

OMEGA has been timing bobsleigh events at the Olympic Games since the 1930s and the brand’s passion for fast-paced thrills continues to gain pace. In 2002, we began a partnership with the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) and just a few years later helped establish an exciting new winter sport called Monobob.

BOBSLEIGH: ANOTHER GREAT SWISS EXPORT

Among the most spectacular winter sports, bobsleigh is distinguished by adrenaline-charged racing and exhilarating team spirit. The sport originated in our home country and as a proud Swiss brand, we’re thrilled to time every split second at the Olympic Games and at all ISBF events.
BOBSLEIGH: ANOTHER GREAT SWISS EXPORT

BOBSLEIGH TIMEKEEPING: TO A HUNDREDTH OF A SECOND

Speed is crucial in bobsleigh racing throughout the run. A hundredth of a second advantage at the start of the race can translate into three- hundredths of a second by the finish line. OMEGA times the fraction of a second that separates the winners from the rest of the field.
  •  OMEGA’S INFRARED PHOTOCELLS AND TIMING DEVICES
    Our timekeepers position pairs of red and infrared light barriers along the runs. These photoelectric barriers and high-precision timing devices are used to measure the start, split and finish times, as well as the maximum speeds reached by the participants on their way to the finish line.
  • THE OMEGA MEASUREMENT UNIT
    With its three sensors, the OMEGA Measurement Unit makes important in-run data – including speed, g-force and angular velocity – available to competitors and their teams as well as to TV viewers throughout the run.

MONOBOB: A DYNAMIC WINTER SPORT

In 2011, OMEGA took an active role in the development of Monobob, a dynamic winter sport ideal for newcomers to competitive winter sports. We have worked closely with Swiss Sliding and have assumed the title sponsorship of the OMEGA Monobob series.
  • MONOBOB FACTS

    MONOBOB FACTS

    With a small, sleek sleigh and a single rider, Monobob is a unique winter sport.
  • BLAZING DOWN THE RUN AT INCREDIBLE SPEEDS
    The Monobob sleighs can reach speeds of up to 120 km per hour.
  • ENDURING IMPRESSIVELY STRONG GRAVITATIONAL FORCES
    During the run, the rider will experience gravitational forces of three to four Gs.
  • PERFECTLY SIZED FOR A LONE WINTER ATHLETE
    The Monobob sleighs are around 2.30 metres in length and weigh around 130 kg.
“The introduction of Monobob allows a whole bunch of new athletes to make first steps in this sport and the fun part will probably be more in the centre than the latest scientific developments.”

Nick Hayek