The luge and bobsledding winter sports share a lot of common thing. Apart from being featured prominently in the winter Olympics, they have many other similar features like:
- Both the sports are extremely dangerous for participants.
- They consist of plummeting feet first down on the slippery track at top speeds.
- Both the games require nerves of steel and reflexes of lightning.
There are many subtle differences in both the sports to test the limit of how humans relate to gravity.
Bobsledders is played in the group of up to four people, whereas the luge racers is either played in solo or in the team of two. Elements head on is involved in Lugers, whereas bobsledders has some protection with the equipment.
The bobsled has a shape like a canoe with an extended opening. The riders in this are although most exposed to the elements, but the low front and sides of a bobsled provides some defense to the players from the force of the wind when they race, or the possibility of getting injured if they crash. The bobsled is designed to absorb atleast some impact of the collision.
Luge on the other hand is a small piece of equipment that is roughly the size of a skateboard. All the racers cling to this tiny surface for protecting themselves from the friction of the track. If the player crashes, his body is entirely exposed and vulnerable.
Either two or four rides are accommodated in bobsleds, and all of them undergo training sessions as a team before participating in the game. The top race speed is over 100 kilometers per hour, therefore it is essential for a team to work as a single mind. A minor difference of few fractions can send the team rolling into a major crash.
As individual players are involved in the game of Luging, nobody has to worry about coordination. The players work on improving their position on sled to overcome the nerve shattering hairpin turns of the track.