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Olympic spirit returns to the most famous sliding sports venue in the world as St Moritz prepares to take centre stage at the Winter Youth Games

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Location: St Moritz, Switzerland

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St Moritz has long been synonymous with sliding sports, not least the skeleton which was invented here in the late 19th century.

Johannes Badrutt, former owner of the Kum hotel, provided and financed the first Cresta Run in 1884, and the original committee members included Major William Henry Bulpett, George Robertson, Charles Digby Jones (Robertson and Digby Jones planned the proposed course).

To this day, the run remains a partnership between the St Moritz Tobogganing Club (SMTC) founded in 1887, and the people of St. Moritz.

The head-first style – which distinguishes it from the luge – evolved naturally due to the invention of steerable sleds.

And a desire to complete the run as fast as possible.

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