The first international race took place in 1883 with 21 competitors
from seven nations, including the United States. The race
was organized by hotels in the Swiss spa of Davos and took
place over the 4-kilometer road
from St. Wolfgang to Klosters. With the development of a more
flexible sled came the "kunstbahn," or artificial track, which
provided luge enthusiasts with a more challenging course.
The first World Championships
in the sport were held in 1955 in Oslo, Norway, with 52 competitors
from eight nations. Two years later the lugers broke away
from the FIBT, the bobsled and toboggan federation, to form
their own Federation Internationale de Luge de Course (FIL).
In 1961 at the International Olympic Committee meetings in
Athens, three luge events -- men's singles, doubles and women's
singles -- were added to the 1964 Olympic program.
Learn More About Luge
is thought that the Vikings in 800 A.D. were the first
users of sleds.
was a latecomer to Winter Olympics, not appearing
until 1964 when it replaced skeleton sledding.
luge travels at speeds exceeding 60 mph.
Grimmette and three other Americans made Olympic luge
history at the 1998 Nagano Games. The United States
captured the silver and bronze medals in the doubles
event -- the first medals for American luge sliders
after 34 years of futility.
de Luge de Course has developed an extensive Web
site about the sport which is available in German
out this comprehensive
site which covers the history, interesting facts
and anything else you need to know about luge racing.
the Official Salt
Lake City Winter Olympics Web site to get all
the facts, latest scores and list of luge events.
fun-filled site about the dry side of luge – land
luge covers the wild side of the street sport.
States Luge Association contains a digital photographic
gallery, US team store, history, news, and maps and
statistics for luge tracks worldwide.
Winter Olympic Sports
Olympians will compete in dozens of sports this winter. Even
though Gateway to the Winter Games can't feature them all,
you can learn about each and every one by visiting the sites
Publishing Group's Official Olympic Sports page
This K-12 education Internet site is filled with Olympic
facts, lesson plans, athlete profiles and more.
This official site of the International Olympic Committee
reports Olympic schedules and features an excellent Olympic
Sportsline's Olympics 2002
Get top news stories and in-depth features about every sport.
In addition to news on every sport, this site contains athlete
Select a sport to study or hear firsthand from an athlete
who plays it.
Lake 2002 Winter Olympics
This is the Official 2002 Winter Olympic site for Salt Lake.
This site has schedules, sports outlines, athlete bios,
and much more.
Salt Lake Winter Games 2002
Get a countdown to the games, with background on some of
the different sports and the participating athletes.
States Olympic Team
The United States Olympic Team site includes athlete bios,
diaries, and pictures. Also, check out the exciting video
and audio clips of the various athletes in action.
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