Skeleton

Facts

Discipline of Bobsleigh
Participants 208
NOCs 41
Competitions held 14 (Venues)
Distinct events 4

Description

Skeleton is a sledding sport founded on the famed Cresta Run, at St. Moritz, Switzerland. In skeleton, the sliders lie prone on their sleds, face-down. As there was initially only one skeleton track in the world, the sport could only be held when the Olympic Winter Games were held in St. Moritz, in 1928 and 1948. After its second appearance, it was replaced with luge, but the sport made a comeback in 2002 at Salt Lake City, with events for both men and women.

Lizzy Yarnold (GBR) won gold medals in 2014 and 2018, and is still the only skeleton slider with two gold medals. Through 2022, Yarnold, Aleksandr Tretyakov, and Martins Dukurs are the only Olympians with two skeleton medals.

Great Britain leads the gold medal count in this discipline, with five medals and three golds, and Germany leads the overall medal count, with six medals and two golds.

Skeleton is governed by the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF), which was founded as Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) on 23 November 1923, in Paris, and renamed in 2015. As of 2022, IBSF has 74 members.

All-time medal table

Olympic Games

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 3 4 1 8
Great Britain GBR 3 1 5 9
Germany GER 2 3 1 6
Canada CAN 2 1 1 4
Russian Federation RUS 1 0 2 3
Switzerland SUI 1 0 2 3
Italy ITA 1 0 0 1
Republic of Korea KOR 1 0 0 1
Latvia LAT 0 2 0 2
Australia AUS 0 1 0 1
Austria AUT 0 1 0 1
ROC ROC 0 1 0 1
Netherlands NED 0 0 1 1
People's Republic of China CHN 0 0 1 1

Youth Olympic Games

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Germany GER 3 2 2 7
Russian Federation RUS 2 0 0 2
Great Britain GBR 1 0 0 1
Austria AUT 0 2 0 2
Latvia LAT 0 1 0 1
Norway NOR 0 1 0 1
Canada CAN 0 0 2 2
France FRA 0 0 1 1
Switzerland SUI 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Lizzy Yarnold GBR 2 0 0 2
Aleksandr Tretyakov ROC
RUS
1 0 1 2
Nino Bibbia ITA 1 0 0 1
Jennison Heaton USA 1 0 0 1
Tristan Gale USA 1 0 0 1
Maya Pedersen SUI 1 0 0 1
Jim Shea, Jr. USA 1 0 0 1
Duff Gibson CAN 1 0 0 1
Amy Williams GBR 1 0 0 1
Jon Montgomery CAN 1 0 0 1
Yun Seong-Bin KOR 1 0 0 1
Christopher Grotheer GER 1 0 0 1
Hannah Neise GER 1 0 0 1

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Jacqueline Lölling GER 1 0 0 1
Anastasiya Tsyganova RUS 1 0 0 1
Lukas Nydegger GER 1 0 0 1
Sebastian Berneker GER 1 0 0 1
Ashleigh Pittaway GBR 1 0 0 1
Yevgeny Rukosuyev ROC
RUS
1 0 0 1
Elvis Veinbergs LAT 0 1 0 1
Josefa Schellmoser GER 0 1 0 1
Stefan Geisler AUT 0 1 0 1
Carina Mair AUT 0 1 0 1
Hannah Neise GER 0 1 0 1
Alexander Hestengen NOR 0 1 0 1

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Skeleton Men 8
Skeleton Women 6
Skeleton Boys 3
Skeleton Girls 3