Sochi Winter Olympics: What is Skeleton?

Dec 6, 2013; Park City, UT, USA; Third place finisher Matthew Antoine of the United States during the IBSF men

One of the last things you think about when you think of the winter is speed, but when talking about the Winter Olympics, people can’t get enough speed. The Luge is one of the fastest events in the Olympics, both summer and winter, but it’s not the only high speed sport at Sochi.

Luge has a sister event in the Skeleton, which features competitions that literally mirror those of Luge.

This one is probably the simplest of all the competitions, yet it’s the one most people don’t know a thing about. Basically, the Skeleton is the reserve of the Luge so instead of laying on your back risking broken legs and ankles if you mess up, your diving on a frozen sled down a steep sheet of ice head first.

It’s a terribly risky sport, but a wipeout isn’t always as deadly as it seems it would be. There will likely be crashes but we shouldn’t expect anything too devastating, even though the competing in the event seems like a death wish.

Topics: 2014 Sochi Olympics

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