A First-Person View of the Scariest Winter Olympic Sport, Skeleton
A retired Skeleton slider strapped on a GoPro and recorded a Skeleton run, giving us a look at the scariest Winter Olympics sport of them all.
If you’ve been obsessing about the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea as much as we have, then there’s a very good chance you watched the Skeleton events. And if it was your first time seeing the event, you probably wondered what the hell was going on.
If you missed it, Skeleton is basically luge, but on a much smaller sled. And it goes faster. And athletes go down the track head first. Basically, it’s nuts.
But for as insanely dangerous as Skeleton looks, at the Olympics at least, it is safer than its cousin the luge – relatively speaking. Since the start of the modern Winter Olympics, there have been three deaths related to the completion, and two of them were a result of the luge. The most recent was in 2010 during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, when Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died during a practice run.
To capture that insanity, in 2014 retired slider Lauri Miller Bausch put on a GoPro and ran the track at Whistler, not too far from where Kumaritashvili died. And it is just as wild as you would think.
The 2018 Winter Olympics conclude this weekend, with the next winter games planned for Beijing. If you can’t wait that long for your Olympics fix, however, and you aren’t picky, the summer games in Tokyo are just over two years away. For now though, check out what a Skeleton run looks like from the point of view of one of the athletes.