Like its cousins, the luge and the bobsleigh, the skeleton is a sport that developed among tourists staying in the resort
town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. But unlike the two- to four-man team of the bobsleigh, or the feet-first plunge of the
luge, skeleton riders go head-first into the abyss in front of them, making it a scary ride to the finish. Get Winter
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Like the bobsleigh and the luge, the skeleton's history begins in the 1860s, when tourists at St. Moritz began using delivery
boy's sleds as recreational vehicles. Naturally, without any steering mechanism on these vehicles, they ended up crashing
into people as well. In time, steering was added and the three branches of sledding sports began to develop.
There's nothing quite like seeing a rider of the skeleton shooting down the ramp. It's a forbidding sport, with the athletes
in question riding no more than the sled under their upper body. Speeding at up to 80 miles an hour, they have no steering
or brakes to employ. It's definitely a hair-raising event, and you can enjoy watching it with Winter