At the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic, Nigeria became the first ever African Bobsled and Skeleton competitors. They joined Jamaica’s women bobsledders, who joined their male counterparts, who debuted thirty years ago. Why is that so amazing? Well, of course, they all come from regions that never see snow. Countries that are used to snow, such as Canada, Switzerland, Norway, and people who live in the northern regions of the U.S. usually dominate sledding and other winter sports. They can train.
The plastics industry is attempting to level the playing field. Engineers have succeeded in developing ice rinks with plastic polymers. But, for sledding and eventually perhaps other sports such as skiing and snowboarding, they’d need to create long, sloping tracks, ones that can allow sleds to speed in in excess of 75 mph and in a cost effective manner.
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