Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled (or -sleigh), down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first. The sport and the sled may have been named from the bony appearance of the sled.


As in luge and bobsleigh, the start is very important, it has to be explosive to gain speed as soon as possible, which is why special shoes with maximum grip are used. Once speed has been reached in the first 50 meters, the rider-slider is placed face down on the sled, with his head forward, trying to make his posture as aerodynamic and flat as possible.

Another important feature is that there is no steering wheel or rudder to face the curves, but it is the slider itself that loads its weight to one side or the other depending on the direction the sled should take.

The helmet that is used has a special protection on the chin, since the face of the slider passes very close to the ground. The suits that are currently used are made of synthetic fibers and specially designed to fit the body and offer minimal air resistance.

Unlike the luge or the bobsleigh, in the skeleton there is only the individual modality, and the competitions are held in two sets, adding the times achieved in both and winning the slider that totals the shortest time.

Skeleton in Action - The Load - KimFit