KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) John Daly never saw the standing ovation he got at the finish line. He didn't see his family cheering through their anguish, either.
All he could do was bury his head in his hands. He was supposed to be racing for an Olympic medal. Instead, his shot was gone right when it started.
A slip at the start of his fourth and final run of the men's skeleton competition on Saturday night doomed his chances of competing for a bronze medal at the Sochi Games. He popped a groove, as skeleton racers call it, meaning a runner on his sled came out of the slight indentation in the track and skidded out of control.
Skeleton ranks among the Olympic Games' most exhilarating competitions with athletes sliding down icy tracks head-first on small sleds at adrenaline-pumping speeds of more than 80 mph. While the sport owns a long history, its Olympic track record is fairly limited, only finally debuting at the 1928 Games and later being banned twice due to safety concerns. The sport endured a 54-year Olympic absence after 1948 until finally being reinstated for the 2002 Salt Lake Games. With Skeleton back in the program to stay, learn more about its history, its rules and how sleds are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.