Skeleton seems like the one sport where sprint speed would really make a difference. Or does the initial running speed not make too much of a difference. Have any prominent tracksters tried the sport?
I found this story on a Nigerian luger at this year's Olympics who was a former track star but I assume she's not very good at skeleton as she had never done it until last year:
Some tracksters could compete, but most are too uncoordinated to do anything except straight ahead running. ....Skeleton would take both upper body strength and balance, both qualities that would eliminate distance runners from contention.