By JONNY COCKCROFT
The sport of skeleton is one that involves hurtling down an ice track head first at speeds of up to 150km/h with only a motorcycle helmet as protection. Traditionally the sport is dominated by the European nations but if Dorice and Sanka from the movie Cool Runnings taught us anything, its that "you don’t need snow or ice in your country to go to the winter Olympics!"
The Australian Bobsled and Skeleton association (ABSA) was founded in 1988 and has seen Australia compete in all but one winter Olympics since. Mid 2011 Director of Skeleton, Brian Voigt, recruited a few of Perth's top young Athletes to participate in a development program at Lake Placid, New York in March of 2012. One of the chosen athletes was City of Perth Surf Lifesaver Montana Ardon.
Jonny Cockroft caught up with Brian and Montana to find out more.