February 18, 2006 |
Americans might not understand the inner workings of skeleton, but they embraced the sport four years ago in Salt Lake City. It was fast, bordering on insane. It looked cool on television. And the U.S. won the men's and women's gold medals. Four years later, the sport could be tilted back toward obscurity in America. The U.S. coach didn't make it to Italy, fired two weeks ago after allegations of sexual harassment. The top U.S.
February 10, 2006 |
MEN'S SINGLES * Where: Cesana Pariol. * When: Feb. 17. * Best of the U.S.: Eric Bernotas of Avondale, Pa., finished third in the season's World Cup standings with 390 points. Teammate Kevin Ellis of Dallas was fourth, with 365 points. * Best of the rest: Jeff Pain of Canada won three of the last four World Cup races and his second successive World Cup title. He's also the world champion. Gregor Staehli of Switzerland, the 2002 silver medalist, was the World Cup runner-up. * U.S.
February 17, 2002 |
Pulling a 95-pound sled, you bound alongside the track, gaining speed. All at once you dive headfirst onto your sled. Down you go, chin hanging off, nose inches from the ice. You whoosh down the slick, mile-long course at 85 mph, sounding like an accelerating jet plane. You confront G-force winds on 15 to 20 grueling turns, hoping to high heaven that your neck muscles can keep your head held up.
February 12, 2005 |
Noelle Pikus-Pace liked bobsledding, but she'll never forget her first venture at skeleton, not quite five years ago. "I kind of got suckered into it," she said. "My coach showed me this little cookie sheet and put a helmet on my head without telling me what it was. He told me to pick my feet up, and that was it. "It was halfway down the track, but I was screaming the whole time." On Friday, she shrieked for joy, as she became the first U.S. woman to win the World Cup skeleton title.
February 11, 2006 |
Only hours before the opening ceremony, Zach Lund, the top U.S. skeleton racer, was ruled out of the 2006 Olympic Games on Friday because he had used an anti-baldness product with a substance that can be used to mask steroid use. The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a one-year ban. Lund, 26, of Salt Lake City, tested positive at a World Cup race in Calgary in November.
February 11, 2010 |
What would an Olympics be without a controversy in the sliding sports? For such relatively tiny sports that joined the Winter Games fairly recently, luge, a 1964 arrival, and skeleton, a 2002 addition, always manage to create a good headline or two. For some reason, bobsled -- in all three of its configurations -- has managed to keep a low profile in recent years, the exception being the messy and public breakup of the U.S. women's bobsled...