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Skeleton (also known as Tobogganing) is a winter sliding sport, in which an individual person rides a small sled down a frozen ice track while lying face down. It has been an Olympic sport since 2002, but being also included in 1928 and 1948.
Skeleton girls are very fast and manoeuvre sliders. Since skeleton is a dangerous sport because of its speed and terrain, women should be physically strong. During sliding they experience forces up to 5g.
Noelle Pikus-Pace is an American skeleton racer. She is born 1982 in Provo, Utah. Noelle is the youngest in a family of eight children.
Pikus-Pace has won five medals at the World Championships. She competed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with a sled designed by her husband – who, fortunately, worked in a metal fabrication company. After the dissapointing fourth place Pikus-Pace retired from the sport. Two years later, in 2012, the American announced her return.
Amy Williams is a skeleton racer from Great Britain. She is born September 29, 1982, in Cambridge, England. Williams was a 400m runner before, but switched to skeleton in 2002. The beginning was pretty good, and in her first major event she won a silver medal in Lake Placid, part of the 2009 World Championships.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Amy Williams won the gold medal in the women’s skeleton! By that way she became the first British gold medalist in an individual event at the Winter Olympics for 30 years. Amy performed just perfect, winning by more than a half a second, and also breaking the track record twice.