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Swiss Origins

Luge is the French word for “sledge” and, like bobsleigh, it was developed as a sport in Switzerland. Its roots go back to the 16th century, but it was not until 300 years later that the first luge tracks were built by Swiss hotel owners to cater for thrill-seeking tourists.


The first international race course was held in Davos in 1883, with competitors racing along an icy 4km road between Davos and the village of Klosters.

How to Play

Luge is one of the oldest winter sports. It involves competitors lying on their backs on a tiny sled with their feet stretched out in front of them, and racing down an icy track at speeds in the range of 140 km/h, without brakes. As well as the singles, there is a pairs event, with the larger of the two team members lying on top for better aerodynamics.


The equipment needed are  Sled, helmet, suit, visor, gloves, finger spikes and boots.


Luge is a racing sport and the person in  first place wins.


The main strategy of Luge is to lie back on the sled.


Italian Olympic Team

The Italian team won two gold medals in the men's singles races in their history. 

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Luge in Italy By Damian Roberts

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Public - 4/11/16, 4:05 PM