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Cyclist rides abandoned 1984 Olympic bobsled track in Bosnia

By
Ben Hooper
Cyclist Chris Thompson rides the bobsled track from the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Chris Thrompson/YouTube video screenshot
Cyclist Chris Thompson rides the bobsled track from the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Chris Thrompson/YouTube video screenshot

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A cyclist traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia, and strapped on a GoPro camera to mountain bike down the abandoned track from the 1984 Olympics.

Chris Thompson, who lives in San Piero A Grado, Italy, posted a video to YouTube showing his mountain bike run down the abandoned bobsled track, which allowed him to reach downhill speeds of nearly 40 mph.

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Thompson's path is mostly clear of obstacles -- in a Reddit post, he wrote that he examined the track beforehand -- but at one point he narrowly avoids a collision with a female hiker at a point where the track is 45 feet above the ground.

"The first couple of runs I used a ton of brake. By my 5th or 6th run I was only using brake if I was coming into a turn to fast," Thompson wrote on Reddit. "I think with a little practice, the track could be ridden with no brake and speeds upwards of 80km/h [50 mph] could be reached."

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