People In Sports The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton  

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Skeleton - a staple of the Winter Olympics - is a sport that requires coordination and precision. The famous skeleton event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic skeleton Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. However, only one player can be voted the best skeleton player in history.

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Elisabeth Vathje is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Elisabeth Vathje

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Sungbin Yun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Sungbin Yun South Korea Yun Sung-Bin is an South Korean skeleton racer. He is a participant at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Yun started skeleton at the age of 18 in early 2012, and after three-month training he ...more

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Martins Dukurs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Martins Dukurs Latvia Martins Dukurs is a Latvian skeleton racer who has competed since 1998. He won silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and a second silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He has ...more

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Katie Uhlaender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Katie Uhlaender United States of America Katie Uhlaender is an American skeleton racer who has competed since 2003. She won four medals at the FIBT World Championships with one silver and three bronzes. Uhlaender won the women's ...more

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Michelle Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Michelle Kelly Canada Michelle Kelly is a Canadian skeleton racer who has competed since 1996. She won a complete set of medals at the FIBT World Championships with a gold in 2003, a silver in 2008, and a bronze in ...more

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Jeff Pain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Jeff Pain Canada Jeff Pain is an American-born, Canadian skeleton racer who has competed since 1995. He is regarded as one of the most successful male competitors in the history of the Canadian skeleton program. ...more

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Tomass Dukurs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Tomass Dukurs Latvia Tomass Dukurs is a Latvian skeleton racer who has competed since 1998. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of fourth in the men's skeleton event at Vancouver in 2010 ...more

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Michael Douglas Canada Michael Douglas is a Canadian skeleton racer who has competed since 2006. He played football and competed in track whilst at University in Toronto, and at the age of 30 he was discovered by ...more

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Jon Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Jon Montgomery Canada Jonathan Riley "Jon" Montgomery is a Canadian skeleton racer and television host. He won the Gold Medal in the men's skeleton event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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Shelley Rudman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Shelley Rudman United Kingdom Shelley Rudman is a British skeleton bobsledder, the 2013 world champion in that event, an Olympic silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in skeleton and a former World Cup and European ...more

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Amy Gough is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Amy Gough Canada Amy Gough is a Canadian skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. Her best Skeleton World Cup finish was second at Park City, Utah in November 2009. Gough's best finish at the FIBT World ...more

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Zach Lund is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Zach Lund United States of America Zach Lund is an American skeleton racer who has competed since 2000. He won two bronze medals at the FIBT World Championships with one in 2007 and one in 2008. He finished #1 in World Cup ...more

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Mellisa Hollingsworth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Mellisa Hollingsworth Canada Mellisa Hollingsworth is a Canadian athlete who has competed since 1995. She won the bronze medal in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Hollingsworth also won a ...more

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John Daly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
John Daly United Kingdom John Daly was an Irish athlete who won a silver medal in the 1904 Summer Olympics. When not competing for Ireland as a member of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Daly competed as a member of the ...more

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Anja Huber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Anja Huber Germany Anja Huber is a German skeleton racer who has competed since 2003. She earned two gold medals at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, winning them in women's skeleton and the ...more

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Michelle Steele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Michelle Steele Australia Michelle Steele is an Australian skeleton racer who has competed since 2004. She finished 13th in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Steele's best finish at the ...more

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Maya Pedersen-Bieri is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Maya Pedersen-Bieri Switzerland Maya Pedersen-Bieri is a Swiss skeleton racer who has competed since 1995. She won the gold medal in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She is one of the most ...more

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Matthias Guggenberger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Matthias Guggenberger Austria Matthias Guggenberger is an Austrian skeleton racer who has competed since 2005. His best Skeleton World Cup finish was 11th at Igls in January 2008. Guggenberger finished 24th in the men's ...more

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Paul Boehm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Paul Boehm Canada Paul Boehm is a Canadian skeleton racer who has competed since 1998. He finished fourth in the men's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Boehm's best finish at the FIBT World ...more

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Alexander Tretiakov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Alexander Tretiakov Russia Aleksandr Tretiakov is a skeleton racer.

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Ben Sandford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Ben Sandford New Zealand Ben Sandford is a New Zealand skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He finished tenth in the men's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He finished 11th at the 2010 Winter ...more

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Tina Hermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Tina Hermann

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Maurizio Oioli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Maurizio Oioli Italy Maurizio Oioli is an Italian skeleton racer who competed since 2002. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, he finished 12th in the men's skeleton event. Oioli also finished 26th in the men's ...more

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Eiko Nakayama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Eiko Nakayama Japan Eiko Nakayama is a Japanese skeleton racer who has competed since 1999. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of 12th in the women's skeleton event at Salt Lake City in ...more

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Anthony Deane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Anthony Deane Australia Deane Anthony is a skeleton racer.

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Kevin Ellis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Kevin Ellis United States of America Kevin Ellis, is an American skeleton racer who competed from 1999 to 2006. He finished 17th in the men's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Ellis also finished sixth in the ...more

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Jacqueline Loelling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Jacqueline Loelling

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Anze Setina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Anze Setina Slovenia Anze Setina is a skeleton racer.

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Axel Jungk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Axel Jungk

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Kristan Bromley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Kristan Bromley United Kingdom Kristan Bromley is a British skeleton racer who has competed since 1996. He won the gold medal in the men's event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. This was Great ...more

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Sergey Chudinov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Sergey Chudinov Russia Sergey Sergeyevich Chudinov is a Russian skeleton racer who has competed since 2003. Chudinov's best result is a victory at Lake Placid during the 2010/11 season on 17 December 2010; he also has ...more

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Emma Lincoln-Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Emma Lincoln-Smith Australia Emma Lincoln-Smith is an Australian skeleton racer who has competed since 2004. Her best Skeleton World Cup finish was seventh twice. Born in Warriewood, New South Wales, Lincoln-Smith went to ...more

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Masaru Inada is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Masaru Inada Japan Masaru Inada is a Japanese skeleton racer who has competed since 1997. He finished 18th in the men's skeleton event at both the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. Inada's best finish at the FIBT ...more

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Desiree Bjerke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Desiree Bjerke Norway Desiree Bjerke Andersen is a Norwegian skeleton racer who has competed since 1997. She finished ninth in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Bjerke's best finish at ...more

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Ander Mirambell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Ander Mirambell Spain Ander Mirambell is a skeleton racer.

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Eric Bernotas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Eric Bernotas United States of America Eric Bernotas is an American former skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He won three medals at the FIBT World Championships with two silvers and a bronze. Bernotas discovered the sport ...more

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Sebastian Haupt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Sebastian Haupt Germany Sebastian Haupt is a German skeleton racer who has competed since 2001. He won the gold medal in the mixed bobsleigh-skeleton team event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, ...more

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John Farrow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
John Farrow Australia John Farrow is an Olympic Skeleton slider.

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Melissa Hoar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Melissa Hoar Australia Melissa Hoar is an Australian skeleton racer who has competed since 2004. Her best Skeleton World Cup finish was fifth at Nagano in January 2006. Hoar's best finish at the FIBT World ...more

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Frank Rommel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Frank Rommel Germany Frank Rommel is a German retired skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He won two medals at the FIBT World Championships with a gold in the mixed team and a bronze in the men's skeleton ...more

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Ian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Ian Roberts New Zealand Ian Roberts competed as a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team in eventing at the 2004 Summer Olympics. His farm is Dreamcrest Farms, in Port Perry, Ontario, which he owns with his wife, Kelly ...more

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Svetlana Trunova is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Svetlana Trunova Russia Svetlana Valeryevna Trunova is a Russian skeleton racer who has competed since 2004. She finished 11th in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Trunova also competed ...more

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Grégory Saint-Géniès is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Grégory Saint-Géniès France Grégory Saint-Géniès is a French skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. His best World Cup finish was 18th in the men's event twice. Saint-Géniès' best ...more

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Tionette Stoddard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Tionette Stoddard New Zealand Tionette Stoddard aka T-Dog is a New Zealand skeleton racer who has competed since 2004. Her best Skeleton World Cup finish was seventh at St. Moritz in January 2008. Stoddard's best finish at ...more

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Kazuhiro Koshi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Kazuhiro Koshi Japan Kazuhiro Koshi is a Japanese skeleton racer who has competed since 1991. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of eighth in the men's skeleton event at Salt Lake City in ...more

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Maria Marinela Mazilu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Maria Marinela Mazilu Romania Maria Marinela Mazilu is a skeleton racer.

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Nikolai Nimac is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Nikolai Nimac Croatia Nikolai Nimac is a Croatian skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He finished 26th in the men's skeleton at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

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Markus Penz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Markus Penz Austria Markus Penz is an Austrian skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He finished 16th in the men's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Penz also finished fourth in the men's ...more

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Adam Pengilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Adam Pengilly United Kingdom Adam Pengilly is a British skeleton racer who has competed since 2004. He won a silver medal in men's skeleton event at the FIBT World Championships 2009 in Lake Placid. Pengilly finished eighth ...more

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Louise Corcoran is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Skeleton
Louise Corcoran New Zealand Louise Corcoran is a New Zealand skeleton racer who has competed since 2000. She finished 12th in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Her best World Cup result was ...more