See how the Olympic bobsled has changed over the years

Among the most intense sports at the Winter Olympics are the bobsled events, or officially, "bobsleigh."

The bobsled events that most of us are familiar with involve what look like miniature rockets propelling down a man-made track at extreme velocities, often under the cover of a roof to protect the track from the elements.

But things were much different nearly 100 years ago when the sport was part of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, held in Chamonix, France.

Below is a look at just how much the sport has evolved through the years, with a lot of help from the IOC who collected video from many of the Olympiads. You can see that video here.

Check it out here:

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1924 — Chamonix, France

Gold medalists: Men's Four/Five: Switzerland-1

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The track in 1924 looked like somebody dug a track in their backyard

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1932 — Lake Placid, USA

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: United States-1
Men's Four: United States-1

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

It looks like the racers were wearing leather football helmets with some primitive facemasks. Also note the steering wheel.

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

1936 — Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: United States-1
Men's Four: Switzerland-2

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The track was still cut into the hillside, but it looked like it was starting to be built for serious speed.

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

1948 — Sankt Moritz, Switzerland

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: Switzerland-2
Men's Four: United States-2

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While some teams started to incorporate more aerodynamics into the sleds, some were still using standard steering wheels.

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

1952 — Oslo, Norway

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: Germany-1
Men's Four: Germany

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

Some of the sleds started to look like race cars.

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

1956 — Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: Italy-1
Men's Four: Switzerland-1

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

And still just cutting tracks into the hillside.

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1964 — Innsbruck, Austria

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: Great Britain-1
Men's Four: Canada-1

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

1972 — Sapporo, Japan

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: West Germany-2
Men's Four: Switzerland-1

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

Check out those helmets

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1988 — Calgary, Canada

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: Soviet Union-1
Men's Four: Switzerland-1

Photo Credit: Getty

1998 — Nagano, Japan

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: Italy-1; Canada-1
Men's Four: Germany-2

Photo Credit: Youtube/Olympics

2006 —Torino, Italy

Gold medalists:

Men's Two: Germany-1
Men's Four: Germany-1
Women's Two: Germany-1

 REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

2018 —Pyeongchang, South Korea

REUTERS/Edgar Su

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