Skeleton 101: Glossary
The forerunner to the sport of skeleton. It is believed to be the world’s first sliding sport.
A sled built by former Canadian skeleton athlete Ryan Davenport, who runs a skeleton equipment manufacturing company.
Short for gravitational force. In skeleton, the strongest G-forces are generated going around severe turns.
An indentation in the ice at start that makes steering unnecessary until the athlete jumps onto the sled.
A single run down the track during a race. All Olympic skeleton races are four heats. Also known as a run.
International Bobsled & Skeleton Federation. The international federation for the sport.
The fastest route down the track. A high line takes the sled close to the top lip of a turn, while a low line takes the sled closer to the bottom of a turn.
The solid pieces of steel on which the sled rides.
A skeleton athlete.
A term for the sled used in skeleton.
USA Bobsled & Skeleton. The national governing body for the sport.