The Cresta Run is allowing women to race this iconic track in Switzerland.
News from the BBC.
After an 89-year ban was overturned, women will be allowed to race down the iconic Cresta Run toboggan track in Switzerland this season.
Women had been allowed to race with men on equal terms until the 1920s when it was deemed medically dangerous, due to be able to provoke breast cancer amongst other things, for the pressure of riding face down.
However at a St Moritz Tobogganing Club meeting members voted by a two-thirds majority to allow women to ride the Cresta Run again and become members.
“It’s a good step forward,” GB skeleton racer Jerry Rice told BBC Sport.
“They are moving forward and I agree that it’s time for the women to be able to slide like the men. I look forward to seeing women on the run.”
The St Moritz Tobogganing Club was founded by British Military officers in 1887.
Rice worked at the world’s oldest natural ice run for two seasons and reckons he has hurled himself down the 1,325-yard track up to 200 times.
“I got into Cresta through my dad, who was a member and had been for a number of years,” he said.
“I worked two full seasons and I’ve probably done between 150-200 runs.