Landon Brown has been sledding on some slippery slopes and it is worth the adrenaline rush at top speeds in hope of competing in the World Cup for Skeleton Racing.
Skeleton is a winter sport in which a person rides a small sled known as a Skeleton bobsled (or sleigh), down a frozen track while lying face down and head first. This race always involves single riders unlike the sports of luge or bobsleigh.
Brown says, "I've just always really wanted to do it. We live close enough to Calgary, may as well give it a try and I just kept making it through, and then I got to go up the top of the hill and I absolutely loved it, it's quite fun. I went down from the top of the track for the first time, October 28, 2018."
Racers reach speeds of 130 Km/Hr with their faces centimeters above the ice surface. Steering is a full body manoeuver using the shoulders legs and toes.
"Hopefully within the next couple of years, I'll make it onto some sort of international touring team, either the North American Championship Team, something around that level, and just work up from there. Hopefully the World Cup one day," Brown hopes. "I wouldn't be eligible until the 2026 Olympics."
Brown is an ambitious young man who has visions of this sport being a huge part of his life and he trains diligently at the Badlands Community Facility.
"The World Championships are coming up in Whistler, B.C. on March 8th and 9th," Brown said, but we'll be going the week after. We'll be training for 6 days and the last day we have a race. Everyone gets excited and asks me about it."