I have spent parts of the last two days watching ski jumping and skeletons, and I really have to ask which of these winter Olympic sport requires the greatest degree of controlled insanity? As I am watching ski jumpers travel 150 meters through the air, what kind of person chooses this for a career? You are never going to make a significant income at this sport. Though I suppose the alternative would be travelling down an ice track face first on a tiny sled at speeds in excess of 150 km/h. I am very proud of Jon Montgomery's performance last night. I watched with excitement as he collected another gold medal for Canada, but I have to say "dude what you do is absolutely crazy!"
Then there is the oft forgotten insanity of being a hockey goaltender. I know advances in equipment has evolved a long way from Johnny Bower blocking shots with his bare face; but it still requires some form of mental defect to want to be a goaltender. Here is a position where people fire a rock hard piece of rubber at you 100 miles an hour and you stand there hoping it hits you.
Then there is the freestyle aerial jumping where people propel themselves five stories into the air and do multiple twists, turns, and flips. I could have added Super G to the list, because when the wipe out it is quite spectacular to behold.