Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics, is now offering people a chance to try the Olympic sport of skeleton sledding. A spin-off from the British sport, Cresta sledding, this lesser-known recreation was first introduced to the Olympic Winter Games in 1928.
Held on the same courses used for bobsledding, most consider skeleton sledding much more dangerous since there is almost no protection while speeding down the course. The small sled has riders facedown, inches away from the ground, with no steering mechanism. And yet, many people enjoy trying the sport and think of it as an incredible rush and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.