One of Team GB’s most successful winter sports, skeleton sees competitors slide head first down an ice track in a timed competition across four runs.
Unlike luge, skeleton athletes begin with a running start before lying face down on the sled as they negotiate the track, steering with their shoulders, knees and toes. Athletes can reach speeds of up to 80mph and experience g-force of up to 5g.
Considered the world’s first sliding sport, skeleton was started in the Swiss town of St. Moritz in the late 1800s. The sport was introduced into the Olympic Programme at St Moritz 1928 before appearing again at the same location 20 years later.
Skeleton returned to the Olympic Winter Games at Salt Lake City in 2002 and has been at every Games since. Team GB have won a medal at each of the Games since 2002, concluding with Lizzy Yarnold’s gold medal success at Sochi 2014.
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