Photo: Calgary, 2005 World Championships (from David Mayer)
What is skeleton?
Skeleton is a winter sport where participants--"sliders"--sprint roughly 30 meters while pushing a sled, before hopping on headfirst and sliding down an ice track at top speeds of roughly 80 mph or 130 kph (and peak forces of 5 G's) for approximately a minute. There are no brakes, and steering is done with subtle movements of the body. In 2002, skeleton became an official Olympic sport, joining its cousin sports luge and bobsled.
About This Site
Hi, I'm a skeleton slider who launched NewSliders.com to provide a general overview of this obscure sport. See the FAQ for more info including how you can try it at one of the 16 tracks in the world, if you're adventurous enough (basically anyone can). Also, check out my popular helmetcam video to get a firsthand view of sliding.
This site was previously mentioned in a Wall Street Journal feature story on skeleton.