Back in the old days

This is one of my absolute favourite skeleton photos, taken from the cover of a 1975 Bavarian Skeleton Club book.  This is from the old days, back when the sliders grabbed on to the front of the sled, inside the front bumpers.  The old sliders call the current hands-backward position the "swallow" style.  This shot would date from around 1973 or 1974 - supposedly the change to the "swallow" style was made around 1976 or 1977.  The sled has fixed, permanently mounted runners and a moving saddle pad, technology taken from the sport of Cresta which allowed the pilot to move his body weight forward or rearward on the sled.  Notice the inside runner, off the ice!

Davenport Skeleton Sleds - last modified March 7, 2003