luge was originated in Norway in 1480 and in  Erz mountain region in 1552.The first international luge race took place on February 1883. There was 21 competitors represented 6 nations including the USA.    


The four times are added, and the fastest total time determines the winner. The competition takes two days to complete. There are 2 runs per day.

There are up to 2 people on a sled at a time. They will lay back down on top each other on the sled.

In men's and woman's single, athletes take four runs down the track.


Singles luge for men and women is a four-run competition over Two days, with each trip down the track counting toward the total time. Men's doubles luge is a two-run, one-day competition. The start is vital for luge athletes, because that's where the early speed is generated. Racers wear special gloves with tiny spikes (usually a half-inch) for digging into the ice at the start, then try to explode forward to start the quick trip toward 85 mph or more. A subtle series of movements, typically of the shoulders and legs, is what steers the sled down the track, all while keeping heads and feet (protected by treadless booties, also for aerodynamic reasons) as still as possible.

The field of play shall be rectangular, the width of which will not be more

than 75 yardsor less than 70 yards and will not exceed

the length. The length will not be more than 120 yards or less

than 115 yards.



The part of a sled that connects the two runners and from which the aerodynamic racing shell is suspended. Made of steel, there are two bridges on each sled - one in front and one in back.


Sliders must wear special shoes with zipperss, so that the foot straightens out when the zipper is closed. There are also regulations for the insole and heel of the shoe.


Luge gloves are spiked at the fingertips to assist with the start and paddling motion as the sliders accelerate onto the track.

Racing suit

Sliders wear specially designed race suits to reduce wind resistance.


Each hand holds a handle on the side of the sled.Pod

The aerodynamic shell which serves as the seat for the athlete.


The aerodynamic shell which serves as the seat for the athle only part of the sled that touches the ice's surface and are attached to the kufens.


Sliders wear helmets that have a clear or tinted visor which extends under the chin to reduce resistance.

The German word for runner, usually made of fibreglass or wood. The slider steers by applying pressure with his/her foot onto the runners.


Luge was played in the Olympics.

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