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.
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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.
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.