Future Olympic Bobsled Races Could Run On ‘Plastic Ice’

Alpensia Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang

The Alpensia Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang that will host the bobsled and luge events at the 2018 Winter Olympics (Credit: Republic of Korea)

Imagine a Winter Olympics with no ice and no snow. That’s the future that Jan-Anders Mansson, a chemical engineer from Purdue University, sees—particularly for bobsledding tracks. Mansson has developed a so-called ” plastic ice” that could be used for future bobsled tracks. The goal, said Mansson, is to make the sport more accessible, less expensive and…

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