- 04 Feb 2006
- Olympic News
Torino 2006: from Innsbruck to Turin
The sport of luge first appeared at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, and has been part of the Olympic Winter Games ever since. Luge is governed by the International Luge Federation (FIL), and during the Torino 2006 Games, spectators will get to see single luge events for men and women, as well as doubles luge.
Olympic Competition Format
During the Turin Games, three luge competitions will be held: men’s and women’s singles luge and doubles luge, which is generally two men but mixed doubles are permitted. Both singles competitions are decided over four runs on two consecutive days. The doubles competition is decided over two runs in one day. The winners of these events are the athletes that finish with the lowest aggregate times. All the races in Turin will be run on artificial tracks.
The only change to the Olympic luge competitions from Salt Lake City 2002 is that for official training, drivers in the doubles competition who also participate in the singles training, cannot take part on the first day of doubles training or during the systematic doubles run. If only one of the doubles athletes is participating in the singles training, however, then the team may take part in the doubles systematic run.
Luge At The Olympic Winter Games
In 1959, luge was accepted by the IOC as part of the sports programme for the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The 1964 races were held on the Igls course, where athletes from 12 countries participated in the competition. By 1998, 24 nations were taking part in the Olympic luge competitions. Interestingly, all the medals awarded in luge since its permanent inclusion in the Olympic programme have been won by five nations: Germany, Austria, Italy, the Soviet Union and the USA.
The Olympic Winter Games will run from 10 to 26 February 2006 in Turin. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.