I grew up in western MA, so I got a lot of exposure to winter sports, but the nearest bobsled track was in Lake Placid, so have never seen it in person. I did spend most of my school years in and around alpine ski programs so I have a good idea of both the rigors of training in the off season and the thrill of competing in season.I was looking to see where the nearest track was for you to see the sliding sports, and well, you're a long way away being in Australia. I love watching them on TV. It's not as great an experience when you're watching in person, unless you've got video monitors. Otherwise it's setting up on one of the curves or at the finish, and just watching somebody fly by you for a second or two before they're at the next curve. And that's assuming the sun shades aren't down.
I feel a lot of sympathy for the southern hemisphere athletes that compete in winter sports, at least the ones played outside. But especially those that do bosbled, skeleton and luge. Every single track is in the northern hemisphere, so when they compete and train, it's winter. When they go home to make money, it's winter.
My kids now ski and snowboard, and we are quite limited in the season here, as it is a 3-6 hour drive depending on where you live, so we get maybe 10-15 days skiing per year. Likely they will not be in a race club, although the little one is fearless and I would love to get her more snow time. Just not feasible when our jobs are in the big city.
Thanks for thinking of me though.