Luge in Italy

Luge originated  in St. Moritz,  Switzerland in the mid to late 19th century. The first organized meeting of the sport was in 1883.  Luge has not changed in many years. Its a game many people enjoy and know how to play in Italy and around the world.

Doubles Race

In doubles a competition takes 1 day to complete.  Two people go to a sled. Each person is weighed before the race. The sled must weigh under 59.4 lbs. You take to races through the course.The fastest time determines who wins. A doubles course is .74 miles long.

In luge Each racer needs to have their gloves, shoes, helmet, and racing suit. A team will share the bridge, pod, grip, kufen and steels or steel runner.

Singles Race

In singles the competition lasts 2 days. You have 4 people in a group and 1 person to a sled each race. each sled is weighed before the race. The sled must weigh under 50.6 lbs. You go around a .85 mile long course. There are 4 races. after those races you add up all the times and determine which team was the fastest.

Most people will say the strategy for luge is to just "lay flat and try not to get killed". Which is basically what you have to do. You lay flat on your sled with your feet first and use the insides of your legs to steer you in the right direction so you move around the course. When you first start off you push yourself for a boost then lay flat and go. Some luge players may be to light so they are able to add extra weight as ballast.

In Italy luge players have Luge World Cups, and they will go to the Winter Olympics to play luge. In both the world cups and in the Olympics they have Men's Singles, Women's  singles, Doubles and Team relays. in the world cup they will also have Men and Women's Single sprints. The World Cup is usually held in Winterberg, Germany. Usually in Italy luge racers with be at Moos in Passeier in the Passeier valley to practice and race.

Citations


Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luge#Team_relay>.

N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.sport195.com/teams/italy-luge-team-26611/results/create/leagues>.

"Ed Wesemann." Ed Wesemann RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2016. <http://edwesemann.com/articles/strategy/2008/11/24/the-luge-strategy-surviving-as-a-commodity-practice/>."Luge at the Winter Olympics." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luge_at_the_Winter_Olympics>.Barclay, Tom. "Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics: Luge Guide and Schedule." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/winter-olympics/6866682/Vancouver-2010-Winter-Olympics-luge-guide-and-schedule.html>.

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