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Web Exclusive: Akwasi Frimpong explains what the sport of skeleton feels like

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Web Exclusive: Akwasi Frimpong explains what the sport of skeleton feels like (Photo provided by Akwasi Frimpong)

(KUTV) Akwasi Frimpong described to Shauna Lake what it's like to race down the ice on a "cookie sheet."

"How fast we go depends on how good you steer," he laughed. But the racer could reach speeds anywhere from 80 to 90 miles per hour.

He claims it's the "only time you're legally allowed to go that fast."

The racer's chin is just three inches from the ice, and you feel like you are carrying about "five of your best friends on top of you."

"It's pretty intense, but it's really exciting," he said. "When you get to the bottom, you just want to go back on top and try it again."

The runs are about a mile long, and last only about a minute.

"You have to think really fast," Frimpong said

The first four corners of the ride are key.

"It's basically where the speeds start to pick up. If you make a lot of mistakes in the first four corners, you lose speed," Frimpong explained.

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