The Olympic sports of luge and skeleton are similar. But luge is seen far more often than skeleton - probably because it's been a part of the Olympics longer, which results in more established athletes.
There are some major differences between the two sports (one very obvious and some not so much).
Amanda Bird of the US Bobsled & Skeleton Federation is in Vancouver helping the athletes prepare for the Olympics and the barrage of media attention they're about to get. She came on Star 102.5 shortly before the skeleton runs began tonight and explained the sport of skeleton.
She also talked about where the runs will start from on the course and which athletes we should watch for.
For even more information on the starting position for the skeleton athletes, read a February 15th New York Times article about this.
Here's the full four-minute interview.
And watch the skeleton runs tonight. The two women's runs begin at 7:00pm followed by the two men's runs at 9:30pm (portions will air between 12:35am - 2:00am tonight on NBC - hopefully it'll air earlier on CTV). Runs 3 & 4 are tomorrow at 6:45pm for the women and 9:20pm for the men.