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2014 FIBT Congress Monaco

2014 FIBT Congress in Monaco


The Monégasque Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge Federation hosted the 2014 Federation de International Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) Congress, which recently concluded in Monty Carlo. Aaron Simson-Woods represented Sliding Sports Australia (SSA) at the congress. The major focus was the election of the FIBT Executive Committee for the upcoming quadrennial cycle (2014 – 18) in the build up to the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


The following people where elected to the FIBT Executive Committee:

  1. President: Ivo Ferriani, Italy
  2. Vice President Finical and Corporate Affairs: Andreas Trautvettter, Germany
  3. Vice President International Affairs: Adam Pengilly, Great Britain
  4. Vice President Legal Affairs: Ben Sandford, New Zealand
  5. Vice President Sport: Darren Steele, USA
  6. Vice President Communication: George Bedjamov, Russia
  7. Vice President Marketing: David Tomatis, Monaco


Historically Ben Sandford from New Zealand becomes the first person from the Oceania region to be elected to the FIBT Executive Committee. However SSA congratulates the entire newly elected executive and is excited about collaboration with the new board in the coming months.



The FIBT has secured a television partnership with Infront Marketing up to the 2017/18 seasons. This ensures that there will be over 200 hours worth of Bobsleigh and Skeleton races broadcast live in Australia per year via the FIBT Youtube Channel.


Small Nations

The FIBT wants to increase participation from small nation in international races through the new initiatives in Parasport, Monobob and at the Youth Olympics.


Monobobs built by Swissbob will be used for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lillehammer in 2016 and for future parabob events. The FIBT is planning to position 10 monobob’s each at the tracks in Park City, USA; Lillehammer, Norway; and Igls, Austria. This offers athletes the possibility to hire sleds and train in order to gain driving experience.
The FIBT is involved in negotiations with the IOC for the final set up of the sliding events at the 2016 YOG in Lillehammer, Norway. The FIBT anticipates having a field of 15 sleds for the men and women’s monobob and 20 sleds in the Men and Women’s Skeleton at the 2016 YOG in Lillehammer.


The FIBT Parasports commission continues to work towards achieving the goal of having Bobsleigh and Skeleton as recognized Paralympic Games sports. Significantly the FIBT has recently been given IPC recognition.


Future Events

Belgium will host the 2015 FIBT congress. 2015 will also see a return of the FIBT Summer World Push Championship, which will be held in Stuttgart Germany.


Presentations by the organizers of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics show that the Lillehammer Bobsleigh Skeleton and Luge Track is ready to host events for the YOG. Recently the track had its timing system overhauled and will host ICC and EC Skeleton races this forthcoming season.


The organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang started construction of the Alpensia Sliding Centre in March. The Organisers anticipate that the venue will be ready for homologation in October 2016.


What this means to Australia?

  1. Continued access to live stream access to World Cup and World Championships live on the FIBT’s YouTube channel.
  2. Access to monobobs for athletes to hire and train with at Igls, Lillehammer and Park City.
  3. Opportunities to develop new teams in monobob, parabob and for the YOG.
  4. Opportunities to send a team to the 2015 FIBT Summer World Push Championships.



Olympic skeleton results

SSA is incredibly proud of our skeleton athletes and their results during the 2014 Winter Olympics. In true Aussie style, every one of our athletes improved, run after run after run. It’s easy to forget that most of these athletes have only gone down the Sochi track for a total of 25 minutes or less before their Olympic runs.

John Farrow – 17th out of 27 Sleds

  Start 2 3 4 5 Finish Behind
RUN1 4.94 20.05 32.25 40.58 51.17 57.84 (19) +1.89
RUN2 4.90 19.95 32.09 40.39 50.96 57.73 (19) +1.69
RUN3 4.94 20.04 32.22 40.56 51.09 57.75 (16) +1.49
RUN4 4.91 19.94 32.01 40.29 50.75 57.35 (16) +1.33


Michelle Steele – 14th out of 20 Sleds

  Start 2 3 4 5 Finish Behind
RUN1 5.02 20.27 32.77 41.34 52.40 59.42 (10) +0.99
RUN2 4.98 20.20 32.64 41.22 52.28 59.41 (14) +0.95
RUN3 4.98 20.15 32.50 40.96 51.81 58.76 (15) +0.85
RUN4 4.99 20.14 32.40 40.81 51.68 58.69 (16) +0.60


Lucy Chaffer – 17th out of 20 Sleds

  Start 2 3 4 5 Finish Behind
RUN1 5.15 20.55 32.97 41.68 53.02 1:00.16 (20) +1.73
RUN2 5.15 20.50 32.87 41.37 52.31 59.25 (10) +0.79
RUN3 5.15 20.45 32.77 41.21 51.91 58.74 (13) +0.83
RUN4 5.15 20.42 32.63 40.99 51.69 58.49 (9) +0.40


Athlete Tags: John Farrow, Michelle Steele, Lucy Chaffer


By |February 18th, 2014|Skeleton|0 Comments|

Olympic Schedule for Bobsleigh and Skeleton

Skeleton Schedule

Date Time Event
Feb 13 2014 6:30 PM (Local) / 11:30 AM (Sochi) Women’s Skeleton Heat 1 & 2
Feb 14 2014 11:30 PM (Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi) Men’s Skeleton Heat 1 & 2
2:40 AM (Local) / 7:40 PM (Sochi) Women’s Skeleton Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)
Feb 15 2014 1:45 AM (Local) / 6:45 PM (Sochi) Men’s Skeleton Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)

Athletes competing: Michelle, Lucy and John.

Bobsleigh Schedule

Date Time Event
Feb 16 2014 3:15 AM (Local) / 8:15 PM (Sochi) Men’s Bobsleigh 2-man Heat 1 & 2
Feb 17 2014 1:30 AM (Local) / 6:30 PM (Sochi) Men’s Bobsleigh 2-man Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)
Feb 18 2014 2:15 AM (Local) / 7:15 PM (Sochi) Women’s Bobsleigh Heat 1 & 2
Feb 19 2014 3:15 AM (Local) / 8:15 PM (Sochi) Women’s Bobsleigh Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)
Feb 22 2014 3:30 AM (Local) / 8:30 PM (Sochi) Men’s Bobsleigh 4-man Heat 1 & 2
Feb 23 2014 8:30 PM (Local) / 1:30 PM (Sochi) Men’s Bobsleigh 4-man Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)

Athletes competing: Astrid, Jana, Heath, Duncan, Lucas and Gareth.

Local time is AEDT (Sydney, Australia). Generally speaking, the second heat will be run 70-90 minutes after the first.

Let the games begin!

Last night the XXII Olympic Winter Games began with the host country putting on an amazing show. We were delighted to see our athletes representing Australia in the traditional Opening Ceremony march.

We hope that all our supporters are able to take the time to cheer on our athletes over the coming weeks. We’ll be posting a comprehensive schedule soon, and include results as they are known.

About the Australian Men’s Bobsleigh Team

The Australian Men’s Bobsleigh Team includes pilot Heath Spence and crew members Lucas Mata, Duncan Harvey, Gareth Nichols, Anthony Ryan, Dustin McPherson and Brad Prestige. They have put in a fantastic effort for Australia this season. While Duncan Harvey and Anthony Ryan are Winter Olympic veterans from Vancouver 2010 – the rest of the team has been pulled together over the last 4 years. Heath has taken it upon himself to learn how to drive and has grasped the basics in both the 2-man and 4-man sleds. He continues to climb the learning curve – and with the support and hard work of his crew – managed to qualify for both the 2-man and 4-man competition for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

The teams most recent World Cup results are as follows:

13/15th December 2013 Lake Placid USA
Australia 1 2-man 25/27 sleds
Australia 1 2-man 23/25 sleds
Australia 1 4-man 22/26 sleds

18/19th January 2014 Igls Austria
Australia 1 2-man 23/24 sleds
Australia 1 4-man 26/26 sleds

25/26th January 2014 Konigssee Germany
Australia 1 2-man 28/28 sleds
Australia 1 4-man 23/24 sleds

The men’s team will compete the only way they know how in Sochi – hard and fast. They will carry Australian colours into completion with vigour and pride. Electing to be self coached and managed, they have done what few other teams can claim to. The team have sourced their own state of the art sleds and equipment, and we hope that this will give them the best chance to do better than any Australian team before them.

Good luck boys!

About the Australian Women’s Bobsleigh Team

Astrid Radjenovic and her team of Ebony Gorincu, Jamie Hedge, Jana Pittman and Janina Strauts – “The Icebirds” – are aiming for a top 10 finish during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Icebirds are the most experienced, prepared, financed, supported and equipped Women’s Bobsleigh Team ever to leave Australian shores.

Astrid is a bobsleigh veteran and takes 10 years of international competition experience into her third Olympic Winter Games. She has customised the Icebirds’ preparation to get the best possible result for Australia. Top 10 World Cup results entitled her to Australian Institute of Sport funding and has her team in the right frame of mind leading into Sochi. That’s not to undermine her own financial sacrifices and the support of her Husband – a fellow Bobsleigh pilot – and family.

Astrid, as the team driver, has a team of World Class athletes that has been pushing her over last 4 years. Ebony Gorincu and Jamie Hedge have done a fantastic job in giving Astrid world class competitive starts in international competition. Astrid also recruited Fiona Harrison into her team. Fiona was a member of the high powered British Olympic Bobsleigh Team for Vancouver. Late inclusions into Astrid’s Icebirds team is Janina Strauts and Jana Pittman. Janina comes from a strong athletic background in Long Jump, High Jump & Pole Vault. Jana Pittman is a two time 400m World Champion and has a total of four Commonwealth Games Gold Medals to her name from the 400m individual and relay events in 2003 and 2007. Jana is also a dual Summer Olympian from 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens.

Sliding Sports Australia wishes Astrid and the entire Australian Women’s Bobsleigh Team the best of luck in Sochi!



2014 Australian Winter Olympic Skeleton Team

We are pleased to announce that the following athletes have been selected to the 2014 Australian Winter Olympic Team.

Women’s Skeleton:

Men’s Skeleton:

Congratulations to those that have been selected!

We also extend our appreciation to those athletes that did not get selected who have contributed to the Skeleton Team and provided support to their teammates over the years. Additionally, we would like to thank the efforts of our staff – Dale Chapman, Eric Bernotas and Caleb Smith – who have provided exceptional support, coaching and management of the High Performance Skeleton Program.

By |January 23rd, 2014|Skeleton|0 Comments|

2014 Australian Winter Olympic Bobsleigh Team

We are pleased to announce that the following athletes have been selected to the 2014 Winter Olympic Team.

Women’s 2-man Bobsleigh:

Men’s 2-man Bobsleigh:

Men’s 2-man Bobsleigh:

Congratulations to those that have been selected!

We also extend our appreciation to those athletes that did not get selected. Bobsleigh teams extend beyond those that will ultimately compete at Sochi, and it is because of this extended effort that the aforementioned athletes are able to represent our country.

Thank you Ebony, Jamie, Anthony, Dustin and Brad on behalf of Sliding Sports Australia. We appreciate the time, commitment, significant financial outlay and the many bumps, bruises and injuries you have incurred to help these teams.

By |January 23rd, 2014|Bobsleigh|0 Comments|

SSA to strengthen ties with Luge Australia

On August 16, members of the old Australian Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (replaced by Sliding Sports Australia) expressed their desire to work more closely with another sliding sport, Luge. As part of our directive, Sliding Sports Australia was formed with the intention of working closely and possibly joining forces with Luge Australia in the near future.

Last week we made considerable steps towards that objective. As Luge Australia faced difficulties finding insurance, the Board of SSA made enquiries and have now organised to cover Luge Athletes for the coming season under our policy. It’s great to see these two bodies working together for the benefits of Australian Athletes. We both look forward to seeing how this relationship will develop post-Sochi.

Formation of Sliding Sports Australia Limited

In what is a significant and historic milestone, members of the Australian Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (ABSA) voted on August 16 to establish a new Australian Public Company to administer the sports of Bobsleigh and Skeleton in Australia. It is with great pleasure that I announce that Sliding Sports Australia Limited (SSA) has not only been set-up, but has now been recognised by the Australian Olympic Commission (AOC) and the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT).

The Board of SSA have worked closely with the AOC and FIBT to ensure that this changeover had little disruption to our athletes as they prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia. We all look forward to developing sliding sports in Australia over the coming years, and to help our athletes be competitive and successful at the highest levels of international competition.

At this juncture we would like to thank all those involved over the past 12 months that have enabled this transition to take place. We also thank our athletes, members and Australian sporting regulators for their patience and support. It has not been an easy road, however the rewards will be substantial.