A luge is a small one- or two-person sled on which one sleds supine (face up) and feet-first. Steering is done by flexing the sled's runners with the calf of each leg or exerting opposite shoulder pressure to the seat. Lugers can reach speeds of 140 kilometers (87 miles) per hour.
References to sled racing first appeared in chronicles from Norway in 1480 and the Erz Mountain region in 1552. The first international luge race took place in February 1883 with 21 competitors representing six nations, including the United States. The four-kilometer (2.5 miles) race, from the Swiss resorts of St. Wolfgang to Klosters, and organized by hotels in Davos, was won by Georg Robertson, a student from Australia, and Peter Minch, a mailman from Klosters, who each raced to identical first place times of 9 minutes, 15 seconds!
At the turn of the century, luge was actually governed by the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (F.I.B.T.), which administered all the ice-track sports. In 1935, the F.I.B.T admitted luge athletes as a "Section de Luge." In 1955, the first world championships were held in Oslo, and in 1957, in Davos, delegates from 13 countries established their own international governing body with the formation of the Federation Internationale de Luge de Course (F.I.L.). Luge was inaugurated as an Olympic sport in 1964 at the IX Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Having no formal luge program at the time of the 1964 Winter Games, the United States' first Olympic luge team consisted mainly of American soldiers who were stationed in Europe. Back in the U.S., luge attracted a small number of athletes who were relegated to training on the 1932 Olympic bobsled run in Lake Placid, N.Y. With no formal national organization to support, develop and promote luge, American sliders remained in relative obscurity over the next 15 years.
- Juniors: 19-20
- Youth A: 15-18
- Youth B: 13-14
- Novice Youth: 9-13
- General Class: 19+
- Masters: 30+
All athletes must be cleared by our coaches from their start a week before the games in order to race.
Race registration deadline is 12 noon, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
All events take place at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Sliding Center in Lake Placid, New York.
Saturday, Feb. 4 - 8 a.m.
- Youth A: Men (start 3) and Women (start 4)
- Youth B: Men and women (start 4)
Sunday, Feb. 5 - 8 a.m.
- Novice Youth Class: Men and women (start 5). There will be two training runs and a third race run.