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Skeleton: An Olympic Winter Sport Essay

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Skeleton is a sport where you race against the clock. The athletes will go down an icy slope on a sled on their stomach, head first. Each athlete makes four runs. Only six medals are given: 3 to women and three to men. The athlete with the quickest time of all four of their runs combined wins. Men and women compete separately so there will be a gold medal for a woman, a gold medal for a man, and so forth. If two athletes have the same time overall, they will tie and come in the same place. It is prohibited to warm a sled’s runners or anything else that may help sliding. They test the runners’ temperatures at the beginning of the race by referring to a reference runner which has been exposed ...view middle of the document...

Even though he’s a luge slider, luge and skeleton use the same track.
`Throughout the history of skeleton, there have been many important/significant athletes, here are a few. The American, Jennison Heaton won the first Olympic gold medal for skeleton in 1928. Go U.S.A! Jim Shea, a skeleton slider, and his father and grandfather made up the first family with three generations of winter Olympians. Elizabeth Yarnold from Great Britain won the gold medal for the women at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Noelle Pikus-Pace from the United States won the silver medal for the women at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Elena Nikitina from Russia won the bronze medal for the women at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Alexander Tretiakov from Russia won the gold medal for the men at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Martins Dukurs from Latvia won the silver medal for the men at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Matthew Antoine from the United States won the bronze medal for the men at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Skeleton is popular in Switzerland because that is where it was discovered. It is also popular in Austria because in Styria, Austria is where the first competition for this sport outside of Switzerland was held. Other...

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