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It's Not Sochi, But You Can Bobsled Down the Olympic Track in Park City, Utah

Where: 3419 Olympic Parkway [map], Park City, Utah, United States, 84098
February 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | ()

We’ve all been there – that sometimes egotistical, sometimes genuine conversation amongst travelers about the most unique things they’ve experienced. It’s typically pretty straightforward. There’s always someone who brings up eating something in Asia, someone who name drops a bunch of sexy destinations, and someone who had a good time sleeping on a dirt floor somewhere at some point. You know the types!

Well, since we're speaking of unique experiences as the games in Sochi kick off, we think we've got the trump card: What about bobsledding in Utah at Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Games were held in Park City?

We know what you’re thinking. Bobsledding? But, we’d be willing to bet that less travelers have ridden in a bobsled (let alone on an Olympic track) than have eaten street food in Asia, went skydiving, seen the Northern Lights, cruised to Alaska or Antarctica, etc.

Riding the same track as they did in the 2002 Olympics, we reached speeds of 80 mph and experienced 4 to 5 Gs of force, gaining appreciation for the athletes that race them as we whipped through each turn. The ride can definitely be a little jerky and intimidating, but your only role is to hold on tight and enjoy, and a quick training session explains how your driver works his magic.

At $200 for just over a minute of ride time, it's a pricey excursion, but, like skydiving, one that definitely delivers enough adrenaline to ensure you won't forget it. For more details, check out the Olympic Park website.

[Photo: Will McGough]

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