Home Advantage in Skeleton: Familiarity versus Crowd Support

Seungwhan Chun, Sang Soo Park

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The paper investigates home advantages in skeleton. Our study broadens home advantage literature by providing models and estimation strategy applicable to other individual sports with tracks or courses such as biathlon, cross country skiing, etc. We identified two sources of advantages: support from the crowd; familiarity with the track. In the Olympics and the World Championships, home advantage leads to about a 0.510% improvement in performance on average, of which 0.110%-points are due to crowd support and 0.401%-points due to familiarity. Out-contribution of familiarity effect is common in all six major skeleton series.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-26
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Sports Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan

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  • crowd support
  • familiarity
  • fixed effects
  • home advantage
  • skeleton
  • sledding sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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