Welcome to the International
Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation


In skeleton, there are separate racing disciplines for men and women. In World Cup competitions two heats are held over one day.  At the IBSF World Championships (held annually except in the Olympic year), four heats are held over two days. The skeleton competition at the 2010 Olympic Winter games in Vancouver, Canada skeleton events has been a four-heat competition for the first time. 



The race & World Cup Circuit

The athlete with the lowest combined time in all heats is the winner. There are also America Cup and Europe Cup race series, the development level circuits for the newer sliders. These races allow the athletes to gain experience and earn the qualifications needed to compete at the World Cup and World Championships...

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The sled

The skeleton sled is a low profile, but heavy sled, with a fiberglass "pod" which provides the aerodynamics to the lower part, mounted onto a steel chassis/frame. The sled "runs" on two highly polished steel runners. The runners are mounted such that the "bow" can be controlled, which assists in the steering of...

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The track

Skeleton races historically took place on natural-ice tracks. Today however, most competition takes place on tracks with an artificial ice surface. A notable exception is the natural-ice track in St. Moritz which is a regular stop on the World Cup circuit. Most tracks are about 1500 metres long and all have...

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The equipment

Skeleton athletes wear alpine racing type helmets and skin-tight racing uniforms made from a stretch material. Racing shoes are similar to track spikes, for traction on the ice. Athletes will wear either goggles or face shields, while some riders wear elbow and shoulder padding over their...

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