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John Daly: a different kind of human skeleton  3 Months ago

Source:   USA Today  

Three-time Olympian John Daly’s sport of choice — skeleton racing — is as difficult and scary a sport as it sounds.  

Never heard of skeleton? In this lesser-known Olympic sport, the athlete runs 30 meters before jumping onto a little sled that hurtles down a harrowing ice track at 90 miles per hour. Fun, right? As an olympic event, men’s skeleton racing first took place in St. Moritz in 1928 and 1948 but was dropped until the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

Daly began his career as a teen BMX racer, but after breaking his wrists during a crash while practicing for the 2000 Grand Nationals, he decided to pursue another sport. After watching skeleton racing at the  Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, he was determined to master this winter sport. The danger was, and is, an added motivation.

“I like the speed and the adrenaline rush that skeleton gives me," Daly explains.

This won’t be his first time competing at the Olympics. In 2010, he ended up in 17th place — an outing he describes as disappointing. In 2014, he slipped at the start of his final run, taking him down to 15th place.

Now, at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, he hopes to finally win the medal. “It's given me more drive every day,” he says.

Recipes from John Daly: Easy Franken-quichesSteak soft tacos

One of the things he likes best about skeleton is the focus the competition demands. When he puts his helmet on to race, all outside noise dissipates, he says. “It's like everything else has been drowned out. Once you're jumping on, you’re focusing on exactly what's in front of you [and] how to do that curve with precision steering.”

Daly credits his success to the support of his family. “They are my biggest support team all the way through the games,” he says. “I wouldn't be where I am today without them.”

Find out more about John at Grateful.co

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