Lake Placid, N.Y.―In a sport where one tiny flaw can mean disaster, the team needs to be prepared to make quick, effect equipment repairs on the road. They can’t dash to the bobsled store for new parts. The USA Bobsled Team uses their own unique design that is not shared with any other countries. They have to make do with the limited resources that the team can bring along while traveling on the bobsled racing circuit. Since they spend a great deal of time in Europe, they must be as self-sufficient as possible.
One of the challenges for a traveling bobsled team is the dark, cold parking garages that become their makeshift workshop when a sleds needs repairing. In these uncomfortable and inconvenient conditions, the repair philosophy is “whatever it takes to win.”
The USA Bobsled Team’s go-to for their sled repairs is WEST SYSTEM® 105 Resin with 205 Fast Hardener. They’ll add the WEST SYSTEM filler that best suits the situation at hand, complete the repair, let it cure, then go do their best to beat the competition.
If the weather is too cold for epoxy to cure in a parking garage, they’ll disassemble the bobsled and take the parts to be repaired to the hotel lobby.
While gearing up for the year ahead at home in Lake Placid, NY, USA Bobsled Team maintains a complete workshop including a vacuum bag system to help them make strong-as-new repairs for optimum performance. In the warmth of their home shop, USA Bobsled Team uses WEST SYSTEM 105 Resin with 206 Slow Hardener.
Strong, versatile, easy-to-use WEST SYSTEM Epoxy is what the USA Bobsled Team counts on when making repairs that call for laminating and bonding. It’s their go-to, go-fast epoxy at home and on the road.