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    278 youngsters, mainly from New York State, this week took part in the "Pee Wee Bobsled" championships at Mount Ovenburg.

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    278 youngsters, mainly from New York State, this week took part in the "Pee Wee Bobsled" championships at Mount Ovenburg.

    The course is of Olympic standard, and seven years ago one of Italy's leading bobsledders, the gold medallist Sergio Gardini, was killed there when his sled flipped over the edge.

    The children's 100 pound (45 kilos) travel over the ice at up to 30 miles (50 km) an hour... which is up to 50 miles (80 km) an hour slower than the Olympic variety. Nevertheless, the racing is still exciting to both spectators and competitors, many of whom admitted to being a little frightened.

    The best time of the day was 30 seconds for the quarter mile zigzag course, which later this year will carry teams from 15 nations at speeds of up to 90 miles (145km) an hour in major championships.

    SYNOPSIS: Almost three hundred youngsters took part in a pee wee bobsled championship meeting at Mount Ovenburg, in upstate New York this week. The course is of Olympic standard and the children had to sign indemnity and waiver forms before they could compete.

    Most of the youngsters frankly admitted they were at least a little scared because their 100 pound sleds travel at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour down the narrow twisting, steeply-banked track: and with the hard-packed ice only a fraction of an inch away, a tumble can mean big trouble. Just the same, the opportunity to compete on the well-known course was irresistible.

    The winners of the senior event got a silver cup, and other placing earned plaques.

    Their speeds were about fifty miles an hour slower than those attained by the adult champions, but many would have known that this section of the course once claimed the life of one of the world's great bobsledders. Italy's Sergio Gardini died here when his vehicle flipped up and over the edge -- seven years ago. Later this year the course will carry teams from at least 15 nations competing at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour.

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