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Sport: Winter
bobspeed-skating   (+5)  [vote for, against]
even crazier than skeleton

get rid of the sleds, and put the blades on the athletes feet, as in speed-skating. you'd need some super strong legs to withstand some of the g-forces, and aerodynamics would be a huge factor too, but it sure would be interesting to watch.
-- mihali, Feb 21 2002

No doubt this will show up on Extreme Sports. I'd watch.
-- rbl, Feb 21 2002

Surely the aerodynamics of a person standing up is much less than of a person lying down, so wouldn't the g-forces be much less anyway through not being able to go as fast?

How about sewing the blades into the back or front of the costume and do away with the sled that way? Although it'd mean they would only be able to show it late at night in case of tears...
-- CoolerKing, Feb 21 2002

I've seen a snowboarding video where some professional idiot slides down a bobsled track on ice skates. I can't say how fast it would be possible to go - this guy kept falling over/chickening out. It looked like after reaching a certain speed he was having real difficulty turning.
-- mcscotland, Feb 21 2002

"professional idiot " -- Hey, I want that job.
-- bristolz, Feb 21 2002

(I heard that.)
-- waugsqueke, Feb 21 2002

<action jackson>puts on his Stuntmens Association jacket</action jackson>
-- thumbwax, Feb 21 2002

bliss, perhaps you could ask him for me: If there's really virtually no ability to steer, what skill is tested that makes this activity rise to the level of an Olympic sport? I don't mean any sarcasm until and unless I find that there really is no skill involved. But right now I'm honestly just curious to know if there's some skill involved that I'm missing.
-- beauxeault, Feb 21 2002

I like it. I'm scared
-- schematics, May 06 2004

random, halfbakery