Every day during competition in Sochi, we’ll highlight a different sport or event, including fun facts and athlete workouts for you to try!
- Skeleton involves a descent on a special track with artificially frozen ice in a sled in which the athlete lays face down and head first.
- In 2002 in Salt Lake City, skeleton was included for the first time in the event program after a 54-year hiatus.
- Skeleton is believed to have developed from downhill racing on toboggans (wooden sleds without runners), which were widely used by Canadian Native Americans.
NOELLE PIKUS-PACE, Skeleton
Build muscle like Noelle with one of her go-to leg workouts.
Dumbbell/Barbell Step Ups
How to do it:
“Grasp a barbell with a wider than shoulder width grip and place on the back of the shoulders. Stand facing the side of a flat bench. Place the foot of the working leg on top of the bench and then extend the hip and knee. Upon completion of hip and knee extension of the working leg, place the foot of the non-working leg down on the bench for added stability. Return to the start position by first stepping back down off the bench with the non-working leg, followed by the working leg. Alternate the working-leg used each repetition. Do 3 to 4 sets of 4 to 6 repetitions on each leg. (If doing dumbbell step-ups, hold dumbbells with arms down along the side of the body, palms facing inward along the outside of the thighs.)”