Doin' the Luge
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French: Faire d'la Luge
Spanish: Doin' the Luge
Doin' the Luge
By Jane Runyon
1 The luge is one of three Olympic events that use sleds. The others are the bobsled and the skeleton. Luge is the French word for sled. The dictionary defines a luge as a type of small sled which can be ridden by one or two people. They will be lying face up sliding feet first down snowy hillsides. They also travel down steeply banked, curving, iced chutes like those used in bobsledding. Luge sleds are steered by the riders' shifting weight. They can also pull leather straps connected to the runners or drag their feet.
2 The luge became a popular sport in the Alps of Switzerland in the early 1900s. Luge is the fastest of the Olympic sledding events. Participants have been known to go over 90 miles an hour on runs down the course. Luge became an accepted medal Olympic event in the 1964 Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria. Germany, Austria, Italy, and the Soviet nations typically dominate the competition. Americans received their first medals in the event at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
3 There are three different categories of luge races. There are races for men, women, and doubles. The men and women compete on the same track. The women have a starting point farther down the track than the men. That means that their race is shorter. Two men or two women are allowed to compete in the doubles races. In the past, the doubles teams have almost always been made up of men.
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