Skeleton at the Winter Olympics

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Skeleton at the Winter Olympics
Skeleton pictogram.svg
Governing body IBSF
Events 2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
  • 1956
  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1968
  • 1972
  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1984
  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 1998

Skeleton is a winter sport featured in the Winter Olympics where the competitor rides head-first and prone (lying face down) on a flat sled. It is normally run on an ice track that allows the sled to gain speed by gravity. It was first contested at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz and again in 1948 Winter Olympics, after which it was discontinued as an Olympic sport. Skeleton was reintroduced at the 2002 Winter Olympics, with both men's and women's events, and has been held in each Winter Olympic competition since. Skeleton is so-named as the first metal sleds introduced in 1892 were said to resemble a human skeleton.

The sport is similar to, but not to be confused with, luge, another form of sled racing where the competitor rides on the back and feet-first. Often using the same courses, the racing physics are not identical.

Great Britain is the only nation to have won a medal every time skeleton has featured at the Olympic Games, and has won at least one medal in each of the five contests of Women's skeleton since its introduction with five different athletes.

Events[edit]

Event 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 18 Years
Men's skeleton 7
Women's skeleton 5
Total events 1 1 2 2 2 2 2

Medals[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)3418
2 Great Britain (GBR)3159
3 Canada (CAN)2114
4 Russia (RUS)1023
 Switzerland (SUI)1023
6 Italy (ITA)1001
 South Korea (KOR)1001
8 Germany (GER)0213
9 Latvia (LAT)0202
10 Austria (AUT)0101
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)0101
Totals (11 nations)12121236

Updated after 2018 Winter Olympics.

Nations[edit]

Numbers indicate the number of skeleton racers each nation sent to that Olympics.

Nation 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 18 Years
 Argentina (ARG) 1 1
 Australia (AUS) 2 3 3 2 4
 Austria (AUT) 2 1 2 2 1 3 2 7
 Belgium (BEL) 1 1
 Bermuda (BER) 1 1
 Canada (CAN) 5 5 6 4 6 5
 China (CHN) 1 1
 Croatia (CRO) 1 1
 Czech Republic (CZE) 1 1
 France (FRA) 1 1 1 1 1 5
 Germany (GER) 4 4 6 5 6 5
 Ghana (GHA) 1 1
 Great Britain (GBR) 1 4 2 3 4 4 4 7
 Greece (GRE) 2 1 2
 Ireland (IRL) 1 1 1 1 4
 Israel (ISR) 1 1
 Italy (ITA) 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 7
 Jamaica (JAM) 1 1
 Japan (JPN) 3 3 3 3 3 5
 Latvia (LAT) 1 1 2 3 3 5
 Lebanon (LIB) 1 1
 Mexico (MEX) 1 1
 Netherlands (NED) 1 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 1 2 3 2 1 5
 Nigeria (NGR) 1 1
 Norway (NOR) 1 1 1 1 4
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) 2 1
 Poland (POL) 1 1
 Romania (ROU) 1 2 2 3
 Russia (RUS) 2 2 4 6 4
 Slovenia (SLO) 1 1
 South Africa (RSA) 1 1
 South Korea (KOR) 1 1 2 3 4
 Spain (ESP) 1 1 1 3
 Switzerland (SUI) 2 4 3 3 2 1 1 7
 Ukraine (UKR) 1 1
 United States (USA) 2 4 5 4 5 5 4 7
Nations 6 6 19 21 19 17 24
Skeleton racers 10 15 39 42 48 47 50
Year 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 18

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Skeleton at the Olympics at Wikimedia Commons