Bobsledding has been around for over 100 years and I'm sure there may have been some unrecorded version of it even before then, as snow and ice have been available for mankind to enjoy since day one. Bobsledding is an Olympic sport popular in colder climate countries in Europe and of course Jamaica, like the movie Cool Runnings. It's not an easily accessible sport because not only do you need a 500 pound bobsled; you also need a track to race it on. Therefore bobsledding is an expensive sport that is taken up by those who are very serious about it. Competitors need equipment for protection and warmth such as special bobsledding shoes, suits, gloves and helmets.