It is not uncommon for Olympians competing in the luge, skeleton or bobsled event to wipe out. The different with the skeleton race is that the athletes are soaring down the run headfirst at incredibly high speeds. Irish Olympian Sean Greenwood almost found himself in near disaster during the first two stages of Friday’s men’s skeleton event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Greenwood was traveling 119 kilometers per hour (74 MPH) into a left turn when he went airborne and did a barrel roll in the process. He landed on his back but somehow was able to use his mighty strength to turn the sled back over and get back on to finish the race. Most athletes in his position would have crashed completely. However, Greenwood was able to right the ship and make it look simple in the process.
Unfortunately, the slight mishap is all that was needed to ruin his course time. The 26-year-old is currently in 27th place with a time of 2:03.10 after two runs.
Greenwood took up skeleton in 2008 after he suffered two shoulder injuries from playing rugby. He wanted to challenge himself in life, which is why he moved on to a different sport. After seeing skeleton racing on television, he had the need for speed and decided to give it a whirl. He quickly found himself addicted to the sport and wanted to become the best. Since he is Canadian on his father’s side, he originally tried out for Canada’s skeleton team. However, he decided to join forces with Ireland because he thought it would give him more opportunities.