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.