• Olympic Debut
    Innsbruck 1964
  • Most Gold Medals
    Natalie Geisenberger (GER)
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History of


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.

Swiss Origins

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.