Anytime you have to sign a waiver to participate – there’s a strong chance it’ll be one heck of a good time.
And it was. All 59.75 seconds of it as Team Metro – comprised of readers Greg Poapst, and Chris Thompson, along with a professional driver and myself - out-slid seven other media teams in the inaugural COP Bobsleigh Media Challenge presented by Sony, yesterday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Initially, Winsport Canada CEO Guy Huntingford drew our name last - putting us in a position to watch as all other competitors posted top-notch recreational bobsled times.
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All it took was a little bit of ‘encouragement’ for our pushers at the top of the hill to sling us a little swifter down the 14-turn, 1,500 metre track, reaching speeds of 124 kilometres per hour, and on to a winning time.
As a reward for our victory, Sony provided Metro readers Poapst and Thompson with some serious swag. For their efforts, the pair took home Sony’s latest digital SLR camera – the Alpha. I took home the Golden Helmet – which will be displayed with pride at the Metro Calgary office.
As for the ride itself – exhilarating. It’s only $150 per person for an authentic slide down an Olympic track – complete with the 4.5 Gs pushing down on your body.
It’s worth every penny.