Skeleton from 10 Olympic Sports to Try

10 Olympic Sports to Try

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After brief stints on the Olympic stage in 1928 and 1948, skeleton officially returned to the Olympic program in 2002 at Salt Lake City, inspiring millions to ask, “What is skeleton?” Essentially high-speed sledding on a bobsled track, skeleton is similar to luge, except done head-first on one’s belly. Although Olympic competitors can hit speeds of 70 mph or more on straightaways, it can be done at less suicidal speeds (up to 50 mph) for the price of a ticket at three North American Olympic parks: the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y.—host of the 1980 games—the Whistler Sliding Centre near Vancouver (2010), and Utah Olympic Park near Salt Lake City (2002).