IATE Term of the Week: Skeleton


winter-olympics-skeleton-4479As today is the opening of the Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, we have chosen ‘skeleton’, one of the sports at this year’s games, as our Term of the Week. For more information about the Sochi Olympics, see the official website and here is a general glossary of sports terms in English, French, Spanish and Catalan.

However, the 22nd Winter Olympics have been dogged by controversy and many have used it as an opportunity to criticise new Russian laws against “homosexual propaganda”. For more about this issue see this article.


We invite you to suggest the equivalent terms in the missing EU languages, or alternatives to the existing term in your language if you consider the proposed term inaccurate. Provide your answer with a reliable reference and an accurate definition and/or context if possible.


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A terminologist for the language in question will revise your answer and decide whether to validate them. Given the implications of the process, a delay is to be expected.