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International Luge Federation

International Luge Federation
Address Rathausplatz 9
83471 Berchtesgaden
Phone +49 8652 669 60
Fax +49 8652 669 69
Email office@fil-luge.org
Website http://www.fil-luge.org

The Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course (FIL) was founded in 1957. Luge made its Olympic debut at the 1964  Innsbruck Winter Games.

Current events

Men and women currently compete in singles events and a doubles event. Officially, the doubles event is open to men and women, but, traditionally, men have ridden together, with the larger man lying on top for a more aerodynamic fit.

Singles competition

In both men’s and women’s singles, the competition takes two days, with two runs staged on each day. Each run counts. The four times are added up, and the fastest total time determines the winner. Men and women compete on the same track, but the women start from a position further down the course.

Doubles competition

Doubles luge is a one-day competition in which pairs of athletes take two runs down a course. Like singles, each run counts and the fastest total time determines the winner.

Four run format

The four-run format is unique to the Olympic Winter Games. It is designed to reward consistency, endurance and ability to withstand pressure, particularly on the second day. At most events, such as the World Championships and World Cup races, singles are contested over two runs.