Open your hearts: it’s time to monobob.
Monobob (single person bobsledding) is the newest addition to the Winter Olympic program, making its debut next month in Beijing as a women’s only event. Unlike traditional bobsledding (henceforth omnibob or multibob), monobob is notable for its simplicity. While its more famed sibling can resemble an iced-over Formula 1 with each country employing a team of crackpot scientists to make the most aerodynamic and frictionless sled, monobobbers are all required to use identical equipment. Here, athletic competitions aren’t influenced by which sledder has the most skilled science wonks behind them; instead, it’s decided purely by who can slide the fastest. Although it’s imperceptible to the naked eye, monobob is a subtle marriage of brawn and brains—it’s crucial for monobbers to build ample momentum at the start of the race by pushing their 367-pound down the track’s runway, but they must also be able to improvise and instantly calculate the optimal route as they whiz around hairpin turns. As repeatedly emphasized by these British teens explaining the sport on YouTube, monobob is a serious sport and it is not a roller coaster.