Lausanne 2020 events
Both events consist of two runs. Run times are calculated by adding the times of both runs together with the fastest combined time winning. Times are measured from the start to the finish light beams.
Winner YOG Lillehammer 2016 Ladies: Brooke Apshkrum (CAN)
Winner YOG Lillehammer 2016 Men: Kristers Aparjods (LAT)
Teams will be composed by same gender competitors. The event consists of two runs. Run times are calculated by adding the times of both runs together, with the fastest combined time winning. The time is measured by whatever part of the slider or sled first breaks the light beams at the start and finish of the course.
Winner YOG Lillehammer 2016 Ladies: no event
Winner YOG Lillehammer 2016 Men: F. Schwarz/L. Gufler (ITA)
Teams are composed of one women’s sled, one men’s sled and a double’s sled. A team can be made up of a maximum of two NOCs. The event consists of a single run for each sled. The time is continuously measured from the moment the first team member breaks the start light beam until the last team member touches a pad (table) setup in the “slow down” section after the usual finish line. The first sled is started as per Singles and Doubles. The second and third sleds are started from an automatic start door that opens when the previous slider hits the finish touch pad. The team with the fastest total time wins. Sleds in each team will start in the following order: Women's Singles, Men's Singles, Doubles.
Winner YOG Lillehammer 2016 : Germany
Get to know the sport of luge
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.
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.
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.
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.