Skeleton is one of the most traditional forms of tobogganing with the rider sliding head first. It had only been an Olympic sport twice, at St Moritz in 1928 and 48, until its re-introduction at Salt Lake City in 2002.
Major Richard Orvis, currently serving with 11th Infantry Brigade, is in Eagles Austria to learn how to ride the skeleton.
EX RACING ICE 2 (12-18 Feb 2017)
Ex RACING ICE 2 is the annual Army Novice, Junior and Senior Ice Sport Championship to be held in Igls Innsbruck, Austria
- Staff Depart 11/02, Arrive 12/02
- Competitors Arrive 12/02
- Slide 13/02 to 16/02
- Race Day 17th February
- Depart 18/02
The Exercise comprises of a training week followed by a race day.
Ex RACING ICE 2 is open to all army personnel from regular and reservist units. All participants must be medically fit, have an annual membership with the Army Winter Sports Association (AWSA) and be members of the Army Sports Lottery (ASL), holding a full complement of tickets. Only individuals who have successfully completed a Novice Ice Camp may drive a 2-man, skeleton or luge bobsleigh. Absolute novices may attend but ONLY as a 2-man Bobsleigh Brakeman or in exceptional circumstances at the discipline Chairman’s discretion.
Exercise Racing Ice I (2016) is the Army Winter Sports Associations’ (AWSA) annual introduction to Ice Sports event. For the purposes of this exercise Ice Sports includes the disciplines of Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton.
Staff Depart UK with equipment PM 25/11 Arrive Igls 26/11
Week One, Students Leave UK 26/11. Arrive 27/11, Slide 28/11 to 02/12, Depart 03/12
Week Two, Students Leave UK 03/12. Arrive 04/12, Slide 05/12 to 09/12, All Depart 10/12
Participants are only able to practice one of the three disciplines during their time in resort. All participants must be a current member of the AWSA (£15 per year). Failure to adhere to this will result in your application being rejected. Participants who are members of the Army Sports Lottery (ASL) will have their entry fee reduced pro rata, dependent on the amount of tickets held, (£25 per ticket).
Helmet-cam footage from the Army Skeleton Championships 2015
Video from the 2013 Ice Camp – Exercise Racing Ice
** warning contains mild expletive at the end of vidoe**