Face down: this is the position that athletes of skeleton must assume when they take off down the steep, ice track. Lying flat on their stomach with their arms by their sides, these athletes can reach speeds of up to 130 km an hour.

Athletes use the same track as the bobsleigh and luge, and they may only use the pushing force and gravity to move their sled. The sled is steered by body movements. The sled is between 80 and 120 cm long and the total weight (sled and athlete) must not exceed 115 kg for men or 92 kg for women.

Athletes wear lightweight aerodynamic helmets, but may not attach any aerodynamic devices to their suits.


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