Olympic Skeleton 2014: Complete Guide for Sochi Winter Olympics

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Olympic Skeleton 2014: Complete Guide for Sochi Winter Olympics
Rick Bowmer/Associated Press
Martins Dukurs of Latvia (pictured) is considered the best slider in the world today.

It has a creepy name. It looks a lot like the luge.

It's easy to write off the skeleton as an ancillary event at the Winter Olympic Games. But dig a little deeper, and you might find the event is well worth bookmarking as part of your Sochi viewing diet.

And yet, as it is, skeleton is a fairly new and unfamiliar event, particularly to American viewers. It's understandable that it isn't top of mind for many casual Olympics fans. It's probably not realistic to expect skeleton to knock figure skating or hockey off the podium anytime soon, but overlooking it might mean selling your experience short, especially if you're someone who likes a little action in your ice sports.

To help you get acquainted with the skeleton, here's a history of the sport as well as its full schedule in Sochi and full preview and medal prediction for both the men's and women's side.

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