Teams of either same or mixed gender complete two runs. The time from both will be combined to calculate the final score.
The luge competition also saw a home-track winner in the men’s doubles competition as Italy’s Florian Gruber (ITA) and Simon Kainzwaldner (ITA) took gold with a time of 1 minute, 25.194 seconds.
The duo live in northern Italy, but said this season they had practised in Igls more than any other location.
They were followed by Tim Brendl (GER) and Florian Funk (GER), who marked a time of 1:25.358 to take silver.
The bronze medal went to a surprising American pair. Underdogs Ty Andersen (USA) and Pat Edmunds (USA) showed that USA luge has a bright future as they bagged bronze with a time of 1:25.766.
Teams are formed of one man, one woman and one doubles pair. Mixed country teams comprising athletes from two different nations are also permitted.
It was the USA Team’s many hours of practice, they said, which gave them their strong results in the Youth Olympic Games luge competitions.
Practice paid off when the American team won the highly-anticipated luge mixed team relay event with a total time of 2 minutes, 18.310 seconds.
Andersen and Edmunds slid the doubles portion of the mixed team relay for the USA, while Tucker West (USA) rode the men’s singles portion, and Summer Britcher (USA) rode the women’s singles portion.
Germany notched its second luge medal of the Games by taking silver in the mixed team relay with a total time of 2:18.708.
Austria showed, once again, that the home-track advantage can pay dividends as they claimed bronze with a time of 2:18.863.
Mixed Team Relay -Results
Individual athletes complete two runs. The time from both will be combined to calculate the final score.
The first luge medals were awarded when Christian Paffe (GER), one of the junior circuit's most experienced competitors, took gold in the men’s luge singles with a total time of 1 minute, 19.603 seconds.
Silver medallist Riks Kristens Rozitis (LAT) was in second place after the first run, and held that position as he notched a total time of 1:19.806.
Toni Graefe (GER) was in fourth place after the first run, but slid into the bronze medal position by delivering a stellar second run and marking a total time of 1:19.920.
Men's Singles - Results - Medallist
Individual athletes complete two runs. The time from both will be binned to calculate the final score.
Women’s luge drew a large crowd to the Olympic Sliding Centre in Innsbruck, and the added attention made gold medallist Miriam-Stefanie Kastlunger (AUT) a bit nervous during competition, she said.
She stayed cool under pressure, however, to notch her fastest time ever on her home track and took gold with a time of 1 minute, 20.197 seconds.
The silver medal went to Saskia Langer (GER) with a total time of 1:20.414, and bronze went to Ulla Zirne (LAT) with a time of 1:20.479.
Women's Singles -Results