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Shocking Olympic skeleton helmets seen at 2014 Winter Olympics (photos)

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When the athletes of the US Olympic Skeleton Team go down the course in Sochi they are moving at a great rate of speed. One of the lesser known sports of the 2014 Olympics, the challenge is epic and the opportunity needs plenty of speed. This year the Winter Olympics is offering a little fun for the viewers watching this event and it has everything to do with the Olympic skeleton helmets. According to the New York Daily News on Thursday, some of the athletes on the course will be recognizable by their helmets.

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On Wednesday the official Olympic Twitter account highlighted Johnny Fairbairn’s helmet to showcase how the helmets of the sport has changed. Looking like someone’s brain, the noggin appeared to be racing down the hill exposed quite quickly. He isn't the only athlete to make a visual impression on the course and fans are taking note of the unique looks.

For American viewers watching the event, it's Noelle Pikus-Pace, John Daly, Kyle Tress, Katie Uhlaender and Matt Antoine who are considered the biggest contenders for the US Olympic Skeleton Team. Going for the gold, the athletes are expected to pick up medals and grace the podium as they beat their competitors.

Take a look at the photo slideshow of the Olympic skeleton helmets. This aspect of the Olympics is going to be cool for the viewers and even the kids will want to know more!