LUGE. WINTER OLYMPIC SPORT. ABOUT LUGE.
WINTER OLYMPIC SPORT
Luge is a Winter Olympic sport in which one or two people lie on their back on a sled and race feet first down an ice- covered course. The sled with the fastest combined time over a number of runs wins the competition. Luge is the French word for small sled.
Competitors wear a tight sort of one piece outfit, a helmet with the eyes covered, tight gloves and shoes that grip to the ice. They ride on a sled that is about 4 feet long (1.2 metres).
Luge is set in a sort of stadium with an ice track to race on. The track is a large oval type shape with sharp turns to make the competitors go faster around the icy track.The track's surface must be horizontal. They are naturally iced. The use of artificial refrigeration is forbidden.
Luge is judged on how fast and how well you do, as competitors try to beat the fastest time and beat records.
Three Australians have competed at the Olympic Games in Luge. Diana Ogle was the first Australian to represent her country in this sport. She competed at Albertville 1992 and flew down the track to place 21st from 24 contenders. At the following Olympics, Roger White became the first male to represent Australia, placing 32nd at Lillehammer 1994
Olympic medalists from East Germany at the 1988 Winter Olympics: Jörg Hoffmann (far left) and JochenPietzsch (second from left), doubles champions; CerstinSchmidt(second from right), women's singles bronze medalist; and Jens Müller (far right), gold medalist in the men's singles