Skeleton racing involves plummeting head-first down a steep and treacherous ice track on a tiny sled. It is considered the world's first sliding sport.
Men's skeleton made two early appearances on the Olympic programme at its “ancestral” home of St. Moritz in 1928 and 1948. It was then dropped until it reappeared as a men's and women's event at Salt Lake City in 2002.
The Skeleton competition features 2 events one each for Men & Women.
Both events are held over four heats on two (2) consecutive days, two heats per day. Results are calculated by adding the times of all competition heats together, with the lowest aggregate time winning. At least one race heat must be conducted for the race to be officially valid.