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2014 Winter Olympics Preview: Skeleton

For the fourth straight Olympics, skeleton is part of the games and Sochi's contest will be a heated one.When skeleton, which is essentially luge on your stomach, and face-first, returned at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, it was the first time the discipline was in the Olympics since 1948.Since 2002 with both men and women competing, the United States leads the way with six medals, including three golds and three silvers. Great Britain has walked off with five medals, followed by four for Canada.The Sliding Center "Sanki" is built at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort, with its track finishing area at Rzhanaya Polyana.The Women's Heat begins Feb. 13 with the medal round one day later. The Men's Heat starts on Feb. 14 with the medal round slated for Feb. 15.CONTENDERSOn the men's side, Martins Dukurs of Latvia has earned the favorite status. He's won two of four World Cup skeleton races this season and won his most recent race on Friday, Jan. 3 by a huge margin.At that race...

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    Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Great Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold leads the women's skeleton singles following the first two runs Thursday at the Soch...

  2. Yarnold takes gold, Pikus-Pace nabs silver in women's skeleton

    Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Great Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold claimed gold in the women's skeleton at the Sochi Olympics on Friday, while American...

  3. Tretiakov wins Russia's 1st skeleton gold

    Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Tretiakov completed a wire-to-wire win in the men's skeleton competition Saturday for Russia's first Olympic...

  4. SOCHI SCENE: Tracking the skeleton

    Tracking the skeleton: Associated Press photographer Felipe Dana made this image of South Korea's Yun Sung-bin traveling down the track during the men's skeleton fin...

  5. U.S. selects skeleton team for Sochi

    Igls, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender will represent the United States in the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Olympics.J...

  6. Tretiakov keeps skeleton lead into final run

    Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Russia's Alexander Tretiakov kept a big lead going into the final run of men's skeleton on Saturday.Tretiakov had a co...

  7. Spain's first skeleton rider reaches Olympics

    MADRID (AP) — Ander Mirambell's chances of reaching the Winter Olympics looked to be as good as the likelihood the Spanish skeleton rider would successfully navigate...

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