Ah, the Olympics. We love to watch the figure skating, snowboarding, skiing, the luge — and the luge's twisted cousin, the skeleton. For those who don't know, the luge is a single person sledding event that involves the athlete lying on their back on a sled, feet first, and reaching speeds of up to 100 mph with only a helmet for protection. Skeleton is the same thing except lying on your stomach and going head first. It's hard to imagine what would inspire someone to dedicate their lives to having their face inches from ice moving past them at incredible speed, but people do. The skeleton event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics began on Friday.
It left people with a lot of questions:
How does one get themselves into ‘head first sliding down an ice track at 130+ km/h’ and why is it called skeleton. These are the real questions— Connor (@ObviouslyConnor) February 17, 2018
Is it called the Skeleton because that's all that's left after you've done it?— Matt Hoyle (@Hoyle142) February 17, 2018
Is Skeleton called that because that's the nicest way to put how close you are to shattering your skeleton if you fuck up doing it?— 🍑GrandmaPeach🍑 (@YaGrandmaPeach) February 17, 2018
Others were all explanations:
It’s called “skeleton” bc when I watch it I can feel mine leaving my body— demoscene conversion (@TomWaits4NoMan) February 17, 2018
it’s called skeleton because it’s the only sports skeletons like— brilliam (@sterndad) February 16, 2018
But Stephen thought this explanation only brought up more questions...
And Sam quickly became an expert:
watching skeleton at the Winter Olympics:— Sam Diss (@SamDiss) February 17, 2018
[first race] hahaha it’s called “skeleton”!
[seventh race] you see, what the rider needs to be doing is hitting the wall at corner 9 parallel so they can use the pressure to balance out their line into 10
We don't know how someone gets into this sport but we know we can't look away.