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Sochi Olympics 2014: Skeleton Helmets, A Look At The Best Out There

02/08/2014 02:47 EST | Updated 02/08/2014 02:59 EST

Of all the sports in the Olympic Winter Games, it's possible skeleton is the most terrifying. Put yourself on a sled, slide down an icy track with stomach-churning turns and do it HEAD-FIRST.

So it only makes sense that the athletes competing in the sport would choose some frightening imagery of their own for us to look at. The Canadian skeleton team has been called out for helmets that will "haunt your dreams," and quite a few other countries have followed suit.

We're pretty sure these designs don't give them an aerodynamic advantage but it does make them look great (and give the audience a pretty awesome view ourselves). A look at some of the best:

  • Sarah Reid - Canada
    Canadian Sarah Reid's haunting helmet must be pretty memorable coming down the course. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sarah Reid
    (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • John Fairbairn - Canada
    Insane in the brain! John Fairbairn has one of the most memorable Skeleton helmets. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • John Fairbairn
    A closer look. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • Katie Uhlaender - USA
    USA! USA! USA! Katie Uhlaender's patriotic helmet is just great. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • Katie Uhlaender
    A closer look. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • Mellisa Hollingsworth - Canada
    Mellisa Hollingsworth is an Alberta gal so the horse head skeleton makes sense. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • Mellisa Hollingsworth
    A closer look! (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Noelle Pikus-Pace - USA
    Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • Noelle Pikus-Pace
    A closer look. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • Eric Nielson - Canada
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    Ahhhh! Canada's Eric Neilson went for a fearsome demon's head on his helmet. (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Eric Neilson - Canada
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    Yes, it has a big maple leaf. (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Eric Neilson - Canada
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    Check out those eyes! (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Marion Thees - Germany
    Racing stripes! They might not make her go faster but they'll make her LOOK faster. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • Sean Greenwood - Ireland
    A gorgeous stylized deer on Sean Greenwood's helmet. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
  • Ander Mirambell - Spain
    Ander Mirambell of Spain has a playful geometric design on his helmet. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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