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The skeleton race is one of three sled races in the Olympics. The other two are the bobsled and the luge. In the bobsled race, two to four people sit in a sled and steer their way down a course. In the luge, the rider lies face up with his or her feet going down the course first. In the skeleton, the slider lies face down on the sled. The rider goes head first down the course.

The name comes from the fact that the first metal sled used for racing looked like a skeleton.

A skeleton sled is just three feet long. When a rider jumps on the skeleton, he or she is face down, in most cases, a rider's chin is a mere two inches from the ice. There is no steering to steer they just shift their weight side to side.

The event made its first Olympic appearance in 1928 at the St. Moritz Winter Games.

To win a medal in the skeleton event, you must make two runs down to course in one day. The times are combined after the two runs. Thee fastest combined times are awarded medals.

The skeleton is unique in that you can get off the sled during the run if it is necessary. The only rule is that you must be on the sled when it crosses the finish line.

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Skeleton is an Olympic sport similar to bobsleigh. It is on the same tracks as the bobsleigh and luge.



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It's a kind of small bob-sled - like a tray on rails !

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Skeleton was added permanently to the Olympic program at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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