Your face is an inch off the ice and your life is passing before you. The sled is so small, you may as well be caroming down on your bare stomach. You may be able to duck behind your driver in a bobsled -- or let your feet do the steering on the luge -- but your life passes before your eyes on the skeleton.
Even though her best results may be behind her, nobody has overcome more to be at these Games than
Until Jan. 15, the top finish for the U.S. in skeleton this season had been fifth. But
Skeleton athletes have straps at their sides they hold onto during the race. Though technique is very intricate for advanced sliders, beginners are often told to look into the turn, so their shoulders angle themselves at the proper tilt. One other bit of useful advice: Don't instinctively put you hands in front of you to try to slow yourself down, otherwise the blades will run over your hands and leave your fingers somewhere on turn seven.
Feb. 19 (for men and women)