Luge is where India has always made its mark in the Winter Olympics. Shiva Keshavan, a veteran of five Olympic Games for India, most recently finished 25th in the luge competition in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Since 1964, luge has been a component of the Winter Olympics, and it will be there again in 2022 in Beijing.
Then, How Does This Luge Thing Work?
Luge, in its simplest form, is a timed event in which competitors lie face up on a sled and slide at high speeds around a set course.
The fastest luger is declared the winner.
There are four different divisions in luge: men’s and women’s singles, doubles, and a team relay. In the absence of a stipulation to the contrary, competitors of either sex may participate in the doubles event.
Rules for Luge
At more than 130 kilometres per hour, luge is widely regarded as the fastest sport at the Winter Olympics.
For this event, competitors must lay supine on a sled with their feet forward and their hands behind their heads, and then race as quickly as they can down a course with tight curves.
Lugers lie face down and use their calf muscles to transfer their weight, while their shoulders slide to alter direction and steer the sled.
Beijing’s Olympic sliding centre features separate courses for men’s and women’s singles and pairs competitions: 0.84 miles (about 1352 metres) and 0.75 miles (roughly 1207 metres), respectively.
For a luger’s run to count, he or she must cross the finish line while sliding along on their sled. Disqualification will occur if the sled is abandoned, walked, or pushed to the finish line.
Lugers at the Winter Olympics must complete four runs down the course (in the singles event) or two runs (in the doubles event) before a champion is determined.
When it comes to singles luge, the sport spans two days with four total runs. Singles athletes only have to make two runs in most other competitions (including the World Championships).
A luge team relay consists of three sleds, one each for men’s and women’s singles, and a pair for the pairs event.
When the female singles player finishes her leg of the team relay, she touches a touchpad at the end of the court to release the male singles player.
The male singles player unlocks the door for the doubles team by pressing the pad. Once the top driver of a doubles team completes his or her run, he or she presses the touchpad to stop the timer and record the team’s final time.
The Luge has a Weight Limit, Correct?
Not at all, the Luge has no restrictions on riders’ body mass.