Skeleton

Justin Graham ‘14
Reporter

 

Among many sports in the Winter Olympics, skeleton isn’t commonly known. Skeleton has only been in the two previous Olympics, but it is starting to make headway. With only being seen twice previously, this sport doesn’t have as many participants as others.
Skeleton involves a descent on an artificially frozen track in a sled. Olympic skeleton lasts for two whole days and each member must make four runs of their own. Medals are decided by the best average time of all four runs. The same medals are awarded if two members achieve the same overall time. There are two sets of medals to win in skeleton for men and women.
On a sled with no steering, each rider lies down on his or her stomach. Each sled has steel runners and a weighted frame. The only control riders have over the sled is spiked shoes. Riders wear a special suit which helps with aerodynamics to make them ride even faster.
USA’s Noelle Pikus-Pace earned a silver medal in skeleton, while Mathew Antone won a bronze.
Skeleton may be relatively new, but it’s very entertaining to watch and you won’t see it very frequently, especially with the Olympics only being every four years. Skeleton has only been big in Russia since 1994.