Schedule & Results: Catch Up
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 will hit the track for his second Olympic appearance at PyeongChang 2018, after he finished in 17th place, an Australian best, at the Sochi Games. Farrow takes to the Olympic track on Day 6 & 7 (February 15 & 16) of the Games.
In the women’s event, Olympic rookie, Jaclyn Narracott will realise her Olympic dream at the PyeongChang 2018 Games and will follow in her family’s footsteps with uncle Paul Narracott being Australia’s first athlete to compete at both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Narracott will follow Farrow with the women's skeleton competition taking place on Days 7 & 8 (February 16 & 17) of the 2018 Games.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia qualified a male and female skeleton quota position by satifising the qualification criteria during the 2017/18 period.
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
Thank you for the village art! 25 February 2018
Aussie Olympians thank local schools for their fantastic village artwork.
Narracott sets sights on Beijing 2022 20 February 2018
After making her Olympic debut in PyeongChang, Jackie Narracott is looking forward to pushing on to a second Games.
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Farrow left it all on the track 17 February 2018
In his last Olympic Games, John Farrow gave it his all on the skeleton track. Whilst he's saying goodbye to the sport, he looks forward to seeing a new group of sliders come through the ranks.
Aussies in action - Day 7 16 February 2018
Australian athletes competed in four different sports on the seventh day of PyeongChang 2018
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Training well and truly underway in PyeongChang 8 February 2018
All the best shots from our Aussie athletes training on the Pyeongchang 2018 courses they will soon be competing on.
Flying Farrow arrives at second Winter Games 5 February 2018
Skeleton speedster John Farrow is looking forward to the challenge on improving on his result in Sochi.
More athletes land in South Korea 3 February 2018
Skeleton slider Jackie Narracott, luge athlete Alex Ferlazzo and Speed Skater Dan Grieg have touched down in Korea and are on their way to PyeongChang.