What is Skeleton?

Skeleton is an individual winter sport where a person slides down a frozen track on a small sled, also known as a skeleton sled due to its "bony" composition. This is similar to luge, which is another sled sport, but skeleton is only for individual riders and skeleton riders never ride feet first. The player goes down the track on a sled headfirst and on his stomach.

The sport was first played in Switzerland in 1882 and is now one of the most popular winter sports in the Olympics. In fact, the United States holds the most medals for skeleton.

Although it is safer than luge because of the structure of the sled, skeleton can still be very dangerous. Players can reach slick speeds up to 80mph and can still lose control on the track. Because of that, they wear protective headgear and a one piece unitard.

Skeleton is a lot more than jumping on to a sled and flying down a hill at top speeds. Skeleton requires strength in the arms, legs and even the toes to maintain a leading position while also being safe during the race. The racer is the only person controlling where on the sled he goes. He can bump into the sides of the track when making sharp turns if he makes a wrong judgement.

The race is like many other athletic races. Many players compete to earn the quickest time. Racers compete individually on the track, but are competing against other competitor's times. Skeleton is not a contact sport, but there still are risks of colliding into the sides of the track, or even flipping over while on the sled.