Winter Olympics 2014: Your complete guide to Bobsleigh

16-23 Feb at Sliding Centre Sanki

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What is it? Three events: the men's two-man and four-man and women's two-man. Each team has four runs with the lowest overall time winning.

What do I need to know? Bobs reach 95mph as they career down the 1500m course. Tracks vary significantly; Sochi is not known for speed.

Tell me something I don't know Many crew members have a background in sprinting – Lauryn Williams was in the US gold medal-winning 100m relay team in London.

GB chances Royal Marine John Jackson and GB1 are medal contenders.

One to watch Lolo Jones, the former sprinter controversially chosen amid claims that NBC, in the absence of Lindsey Vonn, needed another idol. Jones is a star in the US: ahead of London 2012 she attracted huge attention after declaring she was a virgin.