Skeleton at the Winter Olympics

Skeleton is one of the 'ice sports' on the Winter Olympic Games program. This extreme sport requires individuals to ride a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down and forward facing.

Skeleton was first on the program at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, and again in 1948 Winter Olympics. After a long hiatus, it was reintroduced at the 2002 Winter Olympics with both men's and women's events.

Skeleton is a head-first version of the luge, and is run on the same track (as is bobsled). Amazingly, the skeleton sled has no steering or braking mechanism, the participants steer by movements of the body and travel at speeds up to 130 km/hr (80 mph).

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