The Sochi Olympics has a Cincinnati, Ohio connection.
University of Cincinnati professor, Grant Schaffner, designed the Prostar V5 skeleton sled that will be used by three U.S. athletes. Sled competitions will be taking place February 13-15, 2014.
About Skeleton Sleds
This vehicle is a one-person sled that uses a bobsled and luge track. The sled goes between 70 and 90 miles per hour. The rider uses shoulders and knees to warm the frame to drag on the ice. Toes are tapped to create more drag and the head is used for steering. (This does not sound at all like tubing at Perfect North Slopes!)
Read more about this sled in a Business Courier article here.
February 18, 2014 Update: The sled used by Matt Antoine for the skeleton competition that won bronze at Sochi was the Protostar V5 – designed by Grant Schaffner! Read more here.