Men and women currently compete in singles events, a doubles event and a team relay. Officially, the doubles event is open to men and women but, traditionally, men have ridden together, with the larger man lying on top for a more aerodynamic fit.
In both men’s and women’s singles, the competition takes two days, with two runs staged on each day. Each run counts. The four times are added up, and the fastest total time determines the winner. Men and women compete on the same track, but the women start from a position further down the course.
Doubles luge is a one-day competition in which pairs of athletes take two runs down a course. Like singles, each run counts and the fastest total time determines the winner.
The team relay consists of runs from all the aforementioned events (men’s singles, women’s singles and doubles). The best total time wins.