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Luge riders hurtle down a slippery ice track at great speed, relying on reflexes for steering. Unlike bobsleigh, however, they have no protection should they make an error.

Swiss origins

Luge is the French word for “sledge” and, like bobsleigh, it was developed as a sport in Switzerland. Its roots go back to the 16th century, but it was not until 300 years later that the first luge tracks were built by Swiss hotel owners to cater for thrill-seeking tourists.


The first international race course was held in Davos in 1883, with competitors racing along an icy 4km road between Davos and the village of Klosters.

No brakes

Luge is one of the oldest winter sports. It involves competitors lying on their backs on a tiny sled with their feet stretched out in front of them, and racing down an icy track at speeds in the range of 140 km/h, without brakes. As well as the singles, there is a pairs event, with the larger of the two team members lying on top for better aerodynamics.

Olympic history

It was not until 1955 that the first World Championship was organised, i.e. 41 years after the first European Championships. Nine years later, in 1964, luge made its Olympic debut, at the Innsbruck Games, with a mixed event, a men’s event and a women’s event. The programme has not changed since then. Since 1976, this sport has taken place on the same track as bobsleigh.

The discipline was dominated by the East Germans, who won 15 of the 21 gold medals available between 1964 and 1988. One of the undisputed masters of luge is a German: Georg Hackl, who won gold three times consecutively, in 1994 in Lillehammer, 1998 in Nagano and 2002 in Salt Lake City.




Women's Luge Singles - Geisenberger Wins Gold

Highlights of the final two runs in the Women's Luge as Natalie Geisenberger wins Gold at the Sanki Sliding Centre at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Gold - Natalie Geisenberger (GER)
Silver - Tatjana Huefner (GER)
Bronze - Erin Hamlin (USA)


Linger Brothers - 2002 Salt Lake City, 2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games

Linger Brothers at the 2002 Salt Lake City, 2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.
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Women's Luge Single - Turin 2006

Germany celebrates a 1-2-3 in the women's singles luge, with Sylke Otto, Silke Kraushaar and Tatjana Huefner.

Women's Luge - Steffi Martin Wins Gold

Highlights of the women's luge during the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games. Steffi Martin wins gold.


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