Skeleton at PyeongChang 2018

Venues: Alpensia Sliding Centre

Competition Dates: February 15-17 (Days 6-8)

Events: 2 (1 men, 1 women)

Skeleton is contested on an ice track. The athletes typically sprint alongside their sled for the first few seconds of a run, holding onto the sled with one hand before diving headfirst onto it. Positioned head-first and stomach-down, athletes will use slight shoulder, head, or body movements to steer the sled. Skeleton events are timed to the hundredth of a second (0.01).

Jane Channell of Canada, starts her first run in the women's skeleton World Cup race on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Lake Placid, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Both the men’s and women’s events consist of four runs held over two consecutive days. The lowest cumulative time after all four runs wins. At PyeongChang 2018, they will race a distance of 1376m, going through 16 curves.

Jon Montgomery (Vancouver 2010)

Canadian History (Pre-PyeongChang 2018)

Canada’s first Olympic skeleton success came at Turin 2006, where three of the country’s four medals were won. Duff Gibson and Jeff Pain shared the podium in the men’s event, winning gold and silver, respectively. On the women’s side, Mellisa Hollingsworth seized the bronze medal.

In front of the home crowd, Jon Montgomery enthralled Canadians twice at Vancouver 2010, first by winning gold by 0.07 seconds and then guzzling a full pitcher of beer on live TV while walking through Whistler Village.

Photo: CP Images