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RE: Why don't any track and field stars do skeleton?
As a former HS teammate of Simi, it has been awesome to see her accomplish her Olympic Dream after falling 8” short in the 2008 triple jump.
I know that her initial interest was in joining the Nigerian bobsled team. She was familiar with the stories of Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams. She only pursued skeleton when she found out the the bobsled team was full.
She has said that the skills were very transferable but I can imagine that it is not as natural as the push start of a bobsled. The posture and drive phase of bobsled is more similar to sprinting than the bent over stride used in skeleton.
Also, being a one person event the skeleton requires the pusher to also be the driver. In the bobsled (it seems) you just push hard and then keep your head down for the ride!
That said, great athletes are great athletes. If you are fast and powerful it seems that the transition is very possible.
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