ROW 1: JOHN FAIRBAIRN/USA; ANJA HUBER/GERMANY; SARAH REID/CANADA; ROW 2: KATIE UHLAENDER/USA; SEAN GREENWOOD/IRELAND; TOMASS DUKURS/LATVIA; ROW 3: RAPHAEL MAIER/AUSTRIA; MARINA GILARDONI/SWITZERLAND; NOELLE PIKUS/USA
In the head first sport of skeleton, the helmet is the critical piece of safety equipment, but at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics the helmets are as much about style as protection. With their faces just inches from the ice, these olympians can’t be missed bombing down the track at speeds of up to 85mph, their heads adorned in extreme regalia. “Stealth Bomber”, “Brainiac”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “Hot Rod” and “The Eagle Has Landed” are a few of the fitting names we have come up with for these helmets. So look for these athletes to be competing for both speed and style when the skeleton is contested next week.