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In the Olympics bobsleding, why do some drivers at the start shack have a bag over their helmet until the moment they start the push?

Asked by kelly (1902points) February 27th, 2010

A few have them, most do not. Does not seem it is for warmth.
PS the USA 4 man is on their fourth run———- I won’t say because some Flutterites are in earlier time zones.

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DarkScribe's avatar

Avoiding the girl from last night?

Probably to keep visors clear – stop fogging.

Dr_C's avatar

Because it helps avoid loss of body heat?

cockswain's avatar

Because someone is playing a practical joke on them?

shilolo's avatar

It probably keeps their visor warm so that condensation does not materialize and make it more difficult for them to navigate the sled.

faye's avatar

I don’t know the answer but it’s bobsleighing.

DarkScribe's avatar

@faye_ I don’t know the answer but it’s bobsleighing.

Nowadays it is more likely yo be “Bob slaying”. Particularly if he is a disgruntled schoolkid.

(Has it ever occurred to anybody that there must be a huge source of used gruntles somewhere?)

Nially_Bob's avatar

It has been long recognised by scientists that Bobsleighing is synonymous with crippling self-esteem issues on the part of the participating athletes. That or it has some rational technical purpose; i’d say both are equally possible.

@faye I’d heard that both terms were acceptable

loser's avatar

Those aren’t bags. They’re actually mobile private meditation chambers. They’re getting focussed.

Fred931's avatar

They might also keep drifting snow from sticking to their helmets, which could cause drag.

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