Presentation on theme: "Skeleton in the Winter Olympics. What is Skeleton? Skeleton or tobogganing, is a winter sport in which one person rides a sled down an ice track, laying."— Presentation transcript:
What is Skeleton? Skeleton or tobogganing, is a winter sport in which one person rides a sled down an ice track, laying face down. Skeleton comes from the original British sport, Cresta Sledding.
The History of Skeleton The game skeleton was originally made in the year of 1882. It was made when British soldiers located in Switzerland made a track between the two cities Davos and Klosters. As it grew popular in Europe, it turned into the sport that is recognized today, in the Winter Olympics.
The Toboggan The toboggan, or the sled used for skeleton, is the normal form of transportation used by the Innu and the Cree of Canada. The toboggan is made of bound, wood, that are all bent to make a J shape. A loop is made from rope to provide the steering. Modern toboggans are made from either wood, aluminum or plastic.
The Rules of Skeleton It has to use the same track as bobsleigh and luge, and should be at lest 1312 yards long. Competitors must start with a running push. After the competitor pushes they must dive onto the sled and takes on the track. Competitors must lie down with arms straight down and their side. Only the force made by the competitor and gravity are permitted to push the sled. The sled must be steered by the movements of the competitors body.
The Track Skeleton uses the same track as bobsleigh and luge. Most competitions take place on man made ice tracks, but some are natural ice tracks. Most tracks have 15 bends though the original track contained only 10.
Skeleton Equipment Alpine racing helmet with chin guard/or a specific skeleton racing helmet Skin tight speedsuit Spiked shoes Goggles/face shield Elbow and shoulder pads (optional)
Mens Skeleton Champs 1928: (US) Jennison Heaton (Gold) (US) John Heaton (Silver) (GBR) David Carnegie (Bronze 1948: (ITA) Nino Bibbia (Gold) (US) John Heaton (Silver) (GBR) John Crammond (Bronze) 2002: (US) Jimmy Shea (Gold) (AUT) Martin Rettl (Silver) (SUI) Gregor Stahli (Bronze) 2006: (CAN) Duff Gibson (Gold) (CAN) Jeff Pain (Silver) (Gregor Stahli (Bronze)
Medals Won Each Year Austria- Won 1 st and only medal in 2002 Canada- Won 3 in 2006 Great Britain- Won 1 in 1928, 1 in 1948, 1 in 2002 and 1 in 2006 Italy- Won 1 st and only medal in 1948 Switzerland- Won 1 in 2002 and 2 in 2006 United States- Won 2 in 1928, 1 in 1948 and 3 in 2002