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Home Advantage in Skeleton: Familiarity versus Crowd Support

Seungwhan Chun () and Sang Soo Park
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Seungwhan Chun: Department of Economics, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

No 1901, Discussion Paper Series from Institute of Economic Research, Korea University

Abstract: This paper investigates the existence of home advantage in the individual winter sport skeleton and identifies two sources of advantage: support from the crowd and familiarity with the track. In the Olympics and the World Championships, home advantage leads to about a 0.854% improvement in performance on average, of which 0.444%-points are due to crowd support and 0.410-points are due to familiarity. In the the development circuits (the Intercontinental Cup, North American Cup, and European Cup), the crowd effect is not as signifcant and the effect of familiarity is more dominant. Another interesting nding is that speeds in the Olympics are faster than in the World Championships on average, which may represent the motivational effect of the Olympics, although we were not able to control for the quality of the tracks.

Keywords: Home advantage; familiarity; crowd support; skeleton; sledding sports; fixed effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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