Luge at the Winter Olympics

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Luge at the Winter Olympics
Luge pictogram.svg
Governing body FIL
Events 3 (men: 1; women: 1; mixed: 1)
Games
1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976
1980 1984 1988 1992 1994 1998
2002 2006 2010 2014
Medalists

Luge is a winter sport featured at the Winter Olympic Games where a competitor or two-person team rides a flat sled while lying supine (face up) and feet first. The sport is usually contested on a specially designed ice track that allows gravity to increase the sled's speed. The winner normally completes the route with the fastest overall time. It was first contested at the 1964 Winter Olympics, with both men's and women's events and a doubles event. From 1964 to 2010, doubles was technically considered a mixed event, but it was almost always competed by a team of two men. Starting in 2014, the doubles event will become a men's only event due to the introduction of the team relay. German lugers (competing under the IOC country codes of EUA, GDR, FRG and GER at different times since 1964) have dominated the competition, winning 75 medals in 43 events. As the Italian luge team is completely recruited from South Tyrol, nearly all medal winners, except those from Soviet Union, Russia, United States and Latvia, are ethnic Germans.

Events[edit]

Event 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 Years
Men's singles 14
Doubles 14
Women's singles 14
Team relay 1
Total events 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4

Medal leaders[edit]

A man with a goatee wears a red-white-and-yellow tight jumpsuit, with a red-and-white vest over it, and a red helmet with a raised full-faced visor. He shows a concentrated look. Partially hidden behind him is another man, wearing a black tracksuit jacket and winter cap.
Georg Hackl of Germany is the most successful Olympic luger, having won three gold medals attained in three consecutive Olympics.
A man with a soul patch wears a red-and-white tight jumpsuit, with a red-and-white vest over it, and a metallic silver helmet with a raised full-faced visor. He is sat on the ground with his arms resting upon his legs.
Armin Zöggeler is the only athlete to have won one medal in a single individual event in six Olympics (furthermore consecutive).

Athletes who won at least two gold medals or three medals in total are listed below.

Athlete NOC Event Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
Zöggeler, ArminArmin Zöggeler  Italy (ITA) Men's singles 1994–2014 2 1 3 6
Hackl, GeorgGeorg Hackl  West Germany (FRG)
 Germany (GER)
Men's singles 1988–2006 3 2 0 5
Behrendt, JanJan Behrendt  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
Doubles 1988–1998 2 1 1 4
Krausse, StefanStefan Krausse  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
Doubles 1988–1998 2 1 1 4
Bonsack, KlausKlaus Bonsack  Unified Team of Germany (EUA)
 East Germany (GDR)
Men's singles
Doubles
1964–1972 1 1 2 4
Köhler, ThomasThomas Köhler  Unified Team of Germany (EUA)
 East Germany (GDR)
Men's singles
Doubles
1964–1968 2 1 0 3
Hildgartner, PaulPaul Hildgartner  Italy (ITA) Men's singles
Doubles
1972–1988 2 1 0 3
Rinn, HansHans Rinn  East Germany (GDR) Men's singles
Doubles
1976–1980 2 0 1 3
Kraushaar, SilkeSilke Kraushaar  Germany (GER) Women's singles 1998–2006 1 1 1 3
Prock, MarkusMarkus Prock  Austria (AUT) Men's singles 1984–2002 0 2 1 3
Hahn, NorbertNorbert Hahn  East Germany (GDR) Doubles 1976–1980 2 0 0 2
Martin, SteffiSteffi Martin  East Germany (GDR) Women's singles 1984–1988 2 0 0 2
Otto, SylkeSylke Otto  Germany (GER) Women's singles 1992
2002–2006
2 0 0 2
Linger, AndreasAndreas Linger  Austria (AUT) Doubles 2006–2014 2 1 0 3
Linger, WolfgangWolfgang Linger  Austria (AUT) Doubles 2006–2014 2 1 0 3
Loch, FelixFelix Loch  Germany (GER) Men's singles
Team relay
2010–2014 3 0 0 3
Geisenberger, NatalieNatalie Geisenberger  Germany (GER) Women's singles
Team relay
2010–2014 2 0 1 3
Hüfner, TatjanaTatjana Hüfner  Germany (GER) Women's singles 2006–2014 1 1 1 3
Arlt, TobiasTobias Arlt  Germany (GER) Doubles
Team relay
2014 2 0 0 2
Wendl, TobiasTobias Wendl  Germany (GER) Doubles
Team relay
2014 2 0 0 2
Demchenko, AlbertAlbert Demchenko  Russia (RUS) Men's singles
Team relay
1994–2014 0 3 0 3
Šics, AndrisAndris Šics  Latvia (LAT) Doubles
Team relay
2006–2014 0 1 2 3
Šics, JurisJuris Šics  Latvia (LAT) Doubles
Team relay
2006–2014 0 1 2 3

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Germany (GER) 15 9 7 31
2  East Germany (GDR) 13 8 8 29
3  Italy (ITA) 7 4 6 17
4  Austria (AUT) 5 7 7 19
5  Unified Team of Germany (EUA) 2 2 1 5
6  West Germany (FRG) 1 4 5 10
7  Soviet Union (URS) 1 2 3 6
8  Russia (RUS) 0 3 0 3
9  United States (USA) 0 2 3 5
10  Latvia (LAT) 0 1 3 4
Total 44 42 43 129

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External links[edit]

Media related to Luge at the Olympics at Wikimedia Commons