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Destination Recreation: Skeleton

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -

The first thing you hear about the skeleton is that to do it you have to have a need for speed.

"It feels like you're flying just in thin air," says Kalyn McGuire from Queensbury, New York.

I had to find out for myself.

"We're going to send you from a lower start, a quarter mile, but you're still going to get the thrill," says Don Hass, Domestic Coach for Bobsled and Skeleton at Lake Placid.

Reporter: "How fast will I be going?"

Hass: "About 35."

Reporter: "And how fast will that feel?"

Hass: "About 75."

Strapping the helmet and GoPro on to catch the ride, and the goggles to protect my eyes.

Hass: "Are you nervous?"

Reporter: "A little bit. Actually, a lot bit."

You lie down on the sled and then just hold on tight.

"Time to clear the track, the track is now clear from the finish up to start five for a skeleton sled," the announcer calls.

Hass: "Are you ready?"

Reporter: "I am ready."

Hass: "Bend your knees a bit so I can push you, don't forget to put your feet down. Okay, screaming's allowed, have fun!"

On the track the first thing you notice is how quickly you're picking up speed. You have to just let the course guide you down because Hass says it takes about a week to learn the basics of driving a sled, and years of practice to get good at it. You can see as the ice rushes past just inches from your face why this is an adrenaline junkie sport.

Olympians can hit up to 75 miles an hour from the top of the course, about twice as fast as I'm going here. But despite the thrill of the adventure, I was a bit relieved when the bumpy ride rolled to a stop about 40 seconds later.

Reporter: "So that may have been the scariest thing that I've ever done. You have no idea what you're going through in there. You can't see anything, all you just hear is loud noise, you're about to go up on the wall but it's really fun."

And I wasn't the only one left with a greater appreciation for this Olympic sport.

"You're by yourself, you're just going head first down like basically a sled and you just have to keep tight," says Cristina Carretero from Queens, New York. "You really see how fast you're going because you're just seeing it straight on."

And after trying this, it might be hard to go back to regular sledding.

For more information on how you can try the skeleton, visit: http://www.whiteface.com/activities/skeleton-experience

 

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