Olympics 2014: Skeleton

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Germany’s Anja Huber speeds down the track during her first heat in the women’s skeleton event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia February 18, 2010. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlthree825784

Imagine flying down a chute at a speed of 80 miles per hour with minimal protective gear, no safety restraints… Oh, and one more thing, you’re experiencing 5 Gs of force head first. Sounds terrifying, right? You’re probably thinking that no human being would want to be forced into doing something so dangerous and disorienting. Okay, so maybe the Olympic sport of skeleton isn’t so alien to you, but when you really step back and think about it, it just sounds insane. But it certainly doesn’t make it any less exhilarating to watch.

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just around the corner and there are numerous athletes gearing up to compete. Kate Uhlaender is one of the top skeleton athletes from the United States. She began participating in the sport in 2003. In the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games, she came in a 6th-place finish overall and an 11th-place finish in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Canadian skeleton team made quite a splash at the 2010 Olympics and leading star Jon Montgomery is looking to defend his gold medal in Sochi.

Here at Newscom, we have your coverage of this and other Olympic sports taken care of with this amazing lightbox filled with breathtaking photos of daring skeleton athletes. Check it out right here!

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Germany’s Anja Huber jumps on her skeleton to secure the third place during the women’s skeleton test event at the “Sanki” sliding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 16, 2013. KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlfive742246

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Germany’s Kerstin Szymkowiak finishes her third heat in the women’s skeleton event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia February 19, 2010. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlthree828007

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Latvia’s Tomass Dukurs is seen on the track reflected in a puddle during the men’s skeleton test event at the “Sanki” siding center in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi February 15, 2013. KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlfive741021

 

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Katharina Heinz of Germany in action during a test event at the new bobsleigh, skeleton and luge track in Krasnaya Poliana, a mountain venue of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, near Sochi, Russia, 14 February 2013. SERGEI CHIRIKOV/EPA/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: epaphotos749872

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Jeff Pain (CAN), left, and Duff Gibson (CAN) celebrate at the flowers ceremony after finishing first and second place in the men’s skeleton competition at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. Troy Wayryen/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: zumaamericaseight257838

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Canada’s Corey Gillies starts on the track during the men’s skeleton event at the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck January 21, 2012. STRINGER/AUSTRIA/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: rtrlfive015907

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A skeleton athlete during a training session at Cesana Pariol track, Tuesday, 29 November 2005. MATTEO BAZZI/EPA/Newscom. License this from Newscom.com: epaphotostwo129808

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