For more than 150 years the modern Olympic movement has been a worldwide symbol of peace and unity through sport, culture, education and understanding. The Israeli Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is proud and honored to be part of this movement and its goals. As Israel's youngest Olympic Association, and only its second involving Winter sports, this is an exciting time for IBSF as we pioneer new territory for the youth of Israel.


Our ultimate goal, like that of the Olympic movement itself is "to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."


Inspired by a love of speed and winter sports, John Frank and Aaron Zeff took their first slide down the bobsled track in 2001. They were hooked immediately, and in 2002 founded the Israeli Bobsled Federation, creating the first ever governing body for this sport in Israel. Simultaneously, a third member was added to the team, David Greaves from Winnipeg, Canada. In addition to a passion for excelling in bobsled, John and Aaron and David are committed to providing the youth of Israel the opportunity to train and compete in this sport. As in many countries with limited snow and without an ice track to practice, the Israeli Bobsled Team began training with the Alberta Bobsled Association in Calgary, Alberta in Canada, home to one of the premier tracks and training facilities in the world.

After narrowly missing qualifying for the 2006 Olympic games in Turino, the Israeli Bobsled Team went dormant. Resuming competition in 2009 and 2010 under the lead of David Greaves and Andy Teig, the IBF's program was expanded to include Skeleton, and was renamed the Israeli Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. During 2011, the IBSF reorganized, setting up a new not-for-profit corporation in New York State, to align with the current base of operations in Lake Placid, NY.


The IBSF athletes are training to compete in the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 World Cup, and ultimately the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. In 2003, IBT was sanctioned by the international governing body of bobsled, the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) and officially recognized by the Israel Olympic Committee. Israel now competes in the sports of bobsled and skeleton.

SOURCE: www.fibt.com