There will be a need for speed at the Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, as Australia’s skeleton athletes don their spikes and hit the track, flying head first down the ice at speeds of up to 130km/h.
The 2018 South Korean Games will see the World’s top 50 skeleton athletes contest the men’s and women’s individual events, with the fastest slider to the botton claiming Olympic gold.
The Aussie skeleton team will see a combination of both Olympic experience and fresh talent, with two green and gold athletes competing in both the women’s and men’s fields.
Athletes to watch: Australia’s top male Skeleton athlete, John Farrow is aiming to hit the track for his second Olympic appearance at PyeongChang 2018, after he finished in 17th place, an Australian best, at the Sochi Games.
In the women’s event, Olympic rookie, Jaclyn Narracott will hope to realise her Olympic dream at the PyeongChang 2018 Games after following in her family’s footsteps with uncle Paul Narracott being Australia’s first athlete to compete at both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia will be aiming to qualify 1 man and 1 woman in skeleton at PyeongChang 2018. Qualification will be based on having placed in the top 26 for men and top 16 for women of a IBSF Ranking List during the 2017 qualification period, which will be finalised by 14 January 2018.
Once the host Nation Representation has been fulfilled, athletes belonging to NOCs of non-represented continents may also take part in the Olympic competitions, meaning Australia may occupy the Oceania qualification if no athlete from the continent is in the individual qualification ranking list. The quota allocation will be made based on the IBSF Ranking List per event of the 2017/2018 season during the qualification period.
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If an athlete has qualified then they will be eligible to be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection. For the full details on nomination to the Australian Olympic Winter Team click here>>>
Competition Format & Events
Sharing the track with fellow sliding sports Luge and Bobsleigh, Skeleton is held on a 1200m long course. Skeleton events consist of four heats run over two days, with the gold medal going to the competitor with the best aggregate time. Runs are timed electronically to 0.01 seconds with competitors travelling as fast as 130km/hr. Only the prone position (head first) is allowed, although competitors, who come off the sled temporarily, are not disqualified if they cross the finish line back on the sled.
To gain momentum, the athlete pushes the sled at the start before diving into a prone position. Athletes use spiked shoes to help them grip the ice while exploding at the start. Like in luge, the temperature of the runners are carefully monitored to ensure no-one is trying to juice their sled.
Skeleton at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games will be contested from February 15-17 at the Alpensia Sliding Centre.
Australia and Olympic Skeleton
Michelle Steele and Shaun Boyle become Australia's first Olympic skeleton representatives when they competed at the Torino Games in 2006. Steele finished 13th and Boyle 22nd. Steele made her World Cup debut in 2005, just 13 weeks after trying the sport.
The high performance skeleton program from the Australian Institute of Sport has targeted beach sprinters and track athletes producing a number of strong Australian competitors. In Vancouver, there were three Australian athletes: Anthony Deane who finished 23rd in the men’s competition and Emma Lincoln-Smith and Melissa Hoar who finished 10th and 12th respectively in the women’s.
Pre-PyeongChang AUS Tally
3 (Days 6-8)
Olympic Sliding Centre
- Medal Events
2 (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
- Total Athletes
50 (30 men & 20 women)
- AUS Athletes
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