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FIL LUGE Worldcup
Sliding Sports Luge
Olympic Debut : 1964

The Outline

A luge is a small sled on which the athlete sleds down 1,000 to 1,500m while lying down face up and feet-first. One (singles) or two (doubles) lugers compete. The individual performance combines scores from four runs over two days. And two runs a day for doubles and one run for team relay are added. Luge races are timed to one thousandth of a second, making it one of the most precisely timed sports.
The race track is built with a length of 1,000 to 1,500m, a difference in elevation of 110 to 130m, an average slope of 9 to 11%, and 13 to 16 curves. The course includes left curves, right curves, hairpin curves, S-shaped curves, and a labyrinth. The track has a U-shaped groove, and the walls on both sides are designed to be minimum 50cm high so that the sled may not skid off the track.

Introduction

Luge is a fast sliding sport where competitors (one or two lugers) race down 1,000 to 1,500m track while lying face up with their feet stretched in front of them. Runs are timed up to 1/1,000 of a minute.
The track is a U-shaped groove, and the walls on both sides are at least 50 cm in height to prevent the sled from deviating out of the track. The course includes left and right curves, hairpin curves, S-shaped curves and a labyrinth.
The fiberglass and steel sled is customized for each individual athlete’s height, weight and proportions. There is no head support – the sled only supports the slider’s shoulders to knees.

Maximum Speed of 140km per Hour / Difference in Elevation 110m~130m / Track Length 1000m~1500m / 11%~13%
Men’s Singles

Men’s Singles

  • Athletes must start within 30 seconds of the signal, “Track is Clear”.
  • An athlete slides down the track on a luge sled.
  • In both men’s and women’s singles, the competition takes two days, with two runs staged on each day. The four times are added up, and the fastest total time determines the winner.

Women’s Singles

  • Athletes must start within 30 seconds of the signal, “Track is Clear”.
  • An athlete slides down the track on a luge sled.
  • In both men’s and women’s singles, the competition takes two days, with two runs staged on each day. The four times are added up, and the fastest total time determines the winner.
Women’s Singles

Doubles

  • Both men and women can slide in this competition.
  • The results from two daily runs are combined, and then the ranking is decided based on which team has the fastest time
  • And the performance is timed to one thousandth of a second.
  • Two athletes slide down the track on a single luge sled.
  • As the doubles event is open to men and women, a doubles team could be formed by a male and a female, two males, or two femals.
  • Doubles luge is a one-day competition in which pairs of athletes take two runs down a course. Like singles, the fastest total time determines the winner.
Doubles
Team Relay

Team Relay

  • The competition is carried out in the order of women’s singles, men’s singles, and doubles before scores are combined to decide the ranking.
  • As the earlier runner hits the touch pad on the starting line, the next runner starts. The event was adopted officially at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.
  • In a team relay competition one male, one female and a doubles pair form a team.
  • Results for the Team Relay event are calculated by the team time from the first sled starting to the third sled finishing. The fastest total time determines the winner.