Skeleton Friday, February 3 Skeleton Open Race 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Mt Van Hoevenberg Sliding Center (youth open race same time 18 and under)
Deadline for registration is 3 pm Monday, January 30th, 2017
As you’re driving down the highway, imagine opening your car door and putting your chin just one inch from the pavement as you speed along at 80 mph. What if you have no brakes? No seat belt. Now let’s take away the sturdy frame of the car so that you’re lying on your stomach on something that looks oddly similar to a cafeteria tray.
Skeleton sleds don’t have an engine, brakes or a seat belt. Athletes must power the 75-100 lb. sled off the starting block by sprinting in a bent over position, which requires strength, power and speed. Athletes negotiate the track through subtle shifts in body weight that apply pressure to the shoulder steer bars and knee bars. Skeleton requires aggression at the start, but as soon as the athlete loads onto the sled they must immediately relax to guide the sled to the finish with finesse.
Women and men compete in the sport of skeleton from the same starting point on the track. The only difference between the two disciplines is the weight of the sled.
The sport was first discovered in 1882 by English soldiers who designed and built a curved toboggan track in Switzerland, which they would slide down on a metal sled. This new way of sledding intrigued many people, thus eventually becoming a professional and Olympic sport in 1926. Skeleton is divided into two divisions: men’s and women’s. The advancement in modern technology and materials the sleds have progressed since the 1800’s, where a sled today is made from fiberglass and steel, rather than just steel.
The dimensions of the sled are sled 35 kilograms (77 lbs) in weight, 79 to 119 centimeters (31 to 47 inches) in length, and 46 centimeters (18 inches) wide. Due to the new materials and dimensions athletes can gain up 80 miles (129 km) per hour in speed when sledding.
For further information on skeleton, please contact the sports director, Don Hass, at email@example.com.
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