John Daly: A different kind of human skeleton


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 |  USA TODAY

Three-time Olympian John Daly’s sport of choice — skeleton racing — is as difficult and scary a sport as it sounds.  

Never heard of skeleton? In this lesser-known Olympic sport, the athlete runs 30 meters before jumping onto a little sled that hurtles down a harrowing ice track at 90 miles per hour. Fun, right? As an olympic event, men’s skeleton racing first took place in St. Moritz in 1928 and 1948 but was dropped until the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

Daly began his career as a teen BMX racer, but after breaking his wrists during a crash while practicing for the 2000 Grand Nationals, he decided to pursue another sport. After watching skeleton racing at the  Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, he was determined to…

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