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Eric Bernotas of the U.S. coasts to the finish during the men's skeleton competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. (Elise Amendola/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Eric Bernotas of the U.S. coasts to the finish during the men's skeleton competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. (Elise Amendola/AP)

It may not be the highest profile event in the Winter Olympics, but it is one of the fastest.

Athletes in the individual sport of skeleton reach speeds upward of 90 miles per hour, barreling head-first down a sheet of ice on a steel sled.

Terry Holland, of Pittsfield, competed as a member of the U.S. skeleton team for 20 years. He went to the Salt Lake City games in 2002 as a coach, and this year heads up New Zealand's Olympic skeleton team. He joined WBUR's Morning Edition to discuss the sport.

This segment aired on January 21, 2014.

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Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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