Skeleton Athletes will run fast toward the player until they either hit them or a wall, and then they will crumble. It's not possible to get their drop items if they kill themselves in this manner.
The more rare and hidden Skeleton Medalist runs even faster and is harder to kill. It drops the Bear Ring, which enables Nathan to transform into BearTank, who features a completely different moveset.
The Skeleton Medalist also drops the Toy Ring, which has no functionality whatsoever.
This enemy can only be found in the area where Nathan falls at the beginning of the game. Along this long drop, there's a breakable wall on the left side (marked by a darker shade in the background). The ceiling of this hidden room can also be destroyed, giving access to yet a second hidden room where the Skeleton Medalist is found.
To defeat the Skeleton Medalist, follow these steps:
- Break the ceiling inside this secret room.
- Position Nathan at the right edge of the screen.
- Start running to the left, jump and activate the Roc Wing in midair to enter the hole on the ceiling.
- Once at the room above, just execute a double jump before touching the ground and strike the Skeleton Medalist before it manages to bump into the wall.