Sport Breathtaking video shows what it's like for skeleton riders to fly 90 mph down the track

05:25  13 february  2018
05:25  13 february  2018 Source:   Business Insider Australia

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This is a video from Great Big Story of 15-year skeleton racing veteran John Daly (I thought you played golf?) discussing what it feels like to fly down At 90 MPH , Daly experiences five Gs of force heading into the track ' s banked corners, which makes his eight-pound head, sitting just an inch above

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Skeleton is one of the most exhilarating and death-defying events of the Winter Olympics.

Athletes sprint at full speed, leap onto their small sled headfirst, and tuck in to gather as much speed as they can as they fly down the icy track at breakneck speed.

John Daly is an American skeleton rider of 15 years, and recently gave CNN's Great Big Story a first-hand look at what it's like to shoot down the track like some of the best riders in the world. "People have died doing this, and I know that," Daly says in the video's voiceover. "But going 90 miles per hour is so damn fun."

"You get a green light, and you take off sprinting, and you can't hear a thing."

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Daly also gives would-be skeleton riders some advice on how to avoid disaster during competition.

"If you start to get stiff, if you start to get scared, it's not going to work," he says. "The sled's going to break loose on you and you are going to crash. You have to embrace the speed instead of getting afraid of it."

You can watch a video of Daly's run below.

Daly lost his shot at a medal at Sochi 2014 after losing control of his sled on his final run of the competition. He'll be back in action in Pyeongchang looking for a shot a redemption.

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