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How to speed up your sled

Plunge downhill as fast as you can.

two children sledding downhill

Sledding

The best way to spend a snowy day.

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This year, professional luge, bobsled, and skeleton athletes will whiz down various Winter Olympics runs at eye-watering speeds—faster than 70 miles per hour. While you won't reach the same death-defying pace with an average toboggan on a local snow-covered hill, you can still accelerate your plunge. Choose a good slope, then follow these scientific tips to speed up your sled.

WARNING:

Crashing at high speeds can cause injury and death: Between 1997 and 2007, sledding accidents sent an average of to U.S.

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