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What it Feels Like to Slide Downhill at 90 M.P.H.

What it Feels Like to Slide Downhill at 90 M.P.H.

– [John] At the top of the
track right before a race, I tell myself there’s nothing I can’t do. People have died doing
this, and I know that. But going 90 miles per
hour is so damn fun. (soft music) My name is John Daly, and I’m a two time
Olympic skeleton slider. The skeleton track is
roughly one mile long and I’ll slide up to 90 miles per hour with my face only one inch off the ice. You get a green light, and
you take off sprinting and you can’t hear a thing. (heartbeat pounding) When I make contact with the sled, it feels like a place
I’ve been my whole life. Last 15 years I’ve made that
same jump onto the sled. You could feel immense pressure
as you’re pulling five g’s, so my eight pound head
now weighs 40 pounds. If you start to get stiff,
you start to get scared, it’s not gonna work; the
sled’s gonna break loose on you and you are gonna crash. You have to embrace the speed instead of getting afraid of it. At the bottom of the skeleton race, when I’ve had a really good run, I feel like I could run through the wall. You’re so pumped up, and
that’s why I love it.

100 thoughts on “What it Feels Like to Slide Downhill at 90 M.P.H.”


  2. I really thought it was a fun thing to do and treated it like a game but now im realizing that its serious and dangerous

  3. This is cool seeing that I have gone down this track too, only I did luge instead. I was watching to see if this was shot in lake placid, and it was! Cool

  4. If you go 60 mph forever to one mile every minute is a mile
    90 mph would be maybe between 30 through 55 seconds i think

  5. Some say he went to the emergency room the first time he ate bubble gum,
    Some say otherwise
    But all we know is, he's the Stig's Sledding cousin!

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