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Skeleton Update: We Have A Race, We Have A Winner

Alexander Tretiakov

hide captionAlexander Tretiakov, of Russia, crosses the finish line at the World Cup men's skeleton competition in Park City, Utah.

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Once every four years, a few people take notice of the winter sport known as "skeleton" when it features in the Olympics. Like its better-known sibling "luge," contestants ride small sleds down icy shoots at astounding speeds. Unlike luge, skeleton riders go head first down the track.

Today we'll salute these daredevils with a post to highlight the fact that they do race every year, not just every four years. The AP has the results from Utah:

Russia's Alexander Tretiakov edged Germany's Sandro Stielicke by one-hundredth of a second to win a skeleton World Cup event on Thursday. Tretiakov finished the two runs in a combined time of 1 minute, 38.48 seconds at Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

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