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.
Inter Service Ice Championships 2017
This year the 2017 Inter Service Ice Championships took place in Lillehammer, Norway and the Army teams achieved their best Ice results since 2006, winning 3 of the 5 team titles as follows:
- Army Male Bobsleigh Champions. This was a great result as the team was without LSgt Deen Gren Gds, who was on GB World Cup duty, which has showed strength in depth.
- Army Female Skeleton Champions. A great result with Capt Larcombe RAMC and SSgt Bloomer RAPTC as winner and runner up in the individual. LCpl Jackson RLC was also runner-up in the Male event.
- Army Combined Team Luge Champions. Additionally Sgt Scott RAMC and Gdsm Thompson won the individual Female and Male titles.
The overall results from all competitions show that the Army took 7 of 12 Team titles, one down from the high of 2016.
Major Richard Orvis, currently serving with 11th Infantry Brigade, is in Eagles Austria to learn how to ride the skeleton.
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**