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Skeleton Equipment and History






There are no brakes. Competitors attempting to slow down on the course are disqualified. At the end of the run the athlete slows the sled down with his or her feet.


Front and rear bumpers absorb shocks and protect the athlete from the wall.


Early frames bore a vague resemblance to a skeleton, which is how the sport acquired its name.


These are usually made of leather and worn for protection.


Handles are used for the start push and during the race. They must be covered with soft material.


All competitors must wear helmets, which are hard plastic and equipped with a chin guard and visor.

Racing suit

The racing suit is a tight-fitting bodysuit made of elastic fabric that may have padding sewn into the elbows.


They are made of synthetic material and have spikes on the soles for traction during the start push.


The sled is made of two runners. The frame must be constructed of steel. The same sled must be used in all the heats of the competition. It may weigh no more than 43kg for men and 35kg for women.