Skeleton sliders have a habit of sporting some intense helmets — here are the best ones from Pyeongchang 2018

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Skeleton is one of the most high-octane events at the Winter Olympics.

Starting with a dead sprint and a dive, athletes rocket down the mountain at up to 90 mph just inches from the ice as they chase Olympic glory.

But in addition to the death-defying action, skeleton also features some of the coolest fashion you’ll find this side of the figure-skating rink.

Athletes adorn their helmets with jaw-dropping designs that celebrate their country, competitive spirit, and, yes, even their favorite movies, resulting in amazing images as they race toward the finish line.

Take a look at some of the best helmets skeleton sliders have brought to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana

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Frimpong is the only athlete representing Ghana at the 2018 Winter Olympics. His helmet depicts a rabbit escaping the clutches of a lion – a metaphor he has used to describe his life.


Kevin Boyer of Canada

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Kevin Boyer, who started a crowdfunding campaign in 2016 to help support his athletic journey, sports a helmet featuring a Haida-inspired beaver design.


Yun Sung-bin of South Korea

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Yun is the favorite to win the men’s skeleton event and bring home gold for the host nation. He’s also a big fan of Iron Man – so much so that he’s turned himself into a Tony Stark of sorts as he shoots down the ice.


Christopher Grotheer of Germany

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Grotheer represents his home country by proudly displaying the German coat of arms, a black eagle, on his helmet.


Dave Greszczyszyn of Canada

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Greszczyszyn’s helmet features a grizzly bear looking ready to attack – perhaps a play on a nickname of his.


Maria Marinela Mazilu of Romania

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Mazilu’s helmet ensures she always has her eyes on the track.


Jaclyn Narracott of Australia

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Narracott sports the national colors of Australia, green and gold, as she speeds down the path.


Mirela Rahneva of Canada

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Rahneva’s helmet, one of the most touching in the Olympic field, is a tribute to her mother, who died in June after battling cancer.


Katie Uhlaender of the US

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Representing the US, Uhlaender has a bald eagle leading her as she flies down to the bottom of the mountain.


Hiroatsu Takahashi of Japan

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Takahashi has one of the most dazzling designs in all of skeleton.


Joseph Luke Cecchini of Italy

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Cecchini’s Skeletor-looking helmet is fitting for the competition.


Barrett Martineau of Canada

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Martineau looks ferocious as he tears down the track.


Tomass Dukurs of Latvia

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Dukurs sports a complete-blackout helmet – and looks like a superhero.


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