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sKeLeToN

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sKeLeToN Facts:
-To start each competitor grabs onto either side of their sled, runs as fast as possible for about 50meters then dives head first onto the sled. -You lie on your stomach and shift your body to steer.
-Similar to bobsleigh
-There are four heats over two days and the individual with the lowest combined score wins.
-Racing sleds down a steep and twisting track
-Got its name when someone said that the new sled used in 1892, looked like a skeleton
History:

-Can be traced back to the late 19th century.
-English soldiers in Switzerland made a toboggan track between the cities in 1882. Toboggan tracks were not uncommon at the time, so they added curves and bends.
-Permanently added to the Olympic Winter Games in 2002.
-One of the oldest sports.
-Descriptions of the sport can be found in the 16th century.
-Britains and Americans first made the toboggan run in 1882
Training:
-Skeleton athletes train up to 6 days a week and two to six hours per day.
-Most of the training is done in the late summer.
-In the gym each athlete will be doing something different according to their strengths and weaknesses.
-Trainers test for strength by doing squat lifts, bench press and power cleans.
-They also focus on working the athlete’s core muscles and flexibility. Flexibility is another important area for skeleton athletes to work on because they need a wide range of motion during the sprint.
Equipment:
-Front and back bumpers absorb shocks to protect athletes from the wall
-No breaks- slows down with their feet
-Gloves- made of leather and worn for protection
-Handles are used at the start push at the beginning of the race
-The suits are tight fitted and made of elastic fabric that has padding sewn on the elbows
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