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Luge Equipment and History

   

Equipment

   

History

Bridge

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.

Gloves

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

Grip

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

Helmet

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

Kufen

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

Pod

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

Racing suit

Sliders wear specially designed race suits to reduce wind resistance.

Shoes

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.

Steel runner or steels

The sled rides along the track on two steel runners called steels. They are the only part of the sled that touches the ice's surface and are attached to the kufens.