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Destination Recreation: Bobsled

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -

This family is about to get a taste of the Olympics on Lake Placid's bobsled course.

Two sleds are combined to make these larger ones, which allow a family to go down together.

"You've got to get up close and personal," says ORDA Spokesman John Lundin. "You know and if you're a family and you don't like your brother, you don't like your sister -- well, now you do."

Lake Placid can do up to 300 rides a day, meaning their bobsled drivers are some of the most experienced on this course.

"Our drivers are doing anywhere from 15 to 40 rides down this track in one single day," Lundin says. "At the Olympic levels, world-class athletes are taking rides down the track at most four times a day."

And then -- it was my turn.

Reporter: "All right we're ready to go!"

We're starting from a lower spot on the course. And let's just say I had no idea what I had ahead of me.

"Please clear the track, the track is now clear from the finish up to start four for Todd and Joey," the announcer says -- and then, we're off at the sound of the buzzer.

What started off as a smooth ride quickly picked up speed as we shot down the track. Turn after turn got faster, bumpier, and louder, and it was hard to keep my head up. In the Olympics, bobsled teams can hit up to 88 miles an hour from the top of the track. Here we were flying down an icy highway, going 55 to 60 miles an hour. It was fast enough for me! Less than a minute later, we were cruising into the finish line.

Reporter: "I did not know what that was going to feel like! It was awesome!"

Photographer: "What was going through your head?"

Reporter: "Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh -- it's like a roller coaster except a little more unpredictable."

It was a sentiment echoed by everyone I talked to.

"It was crazy. I was very nervous going down at first and then it feels like literally your head is going to fall off," says Rebecca Mcgrouty from Troy, New York. "You're just trying to keep composed and it was a lot of fun."

"It was fun -- it was a rush. It was kind-of like a roller coaster, you get a lot of adrenaline rush. It was really cool," says Cristina Carretero from Queens, New York.

Proving you don't have to be an Olympian to have a thrilling ride.

If you'd like to try the bobsled, visit their website for more information: http://www.whiteface.com/activities/bobsled-experience

 

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