By: Andrea Sullivan
      Jessy O’Brath
The Event
 The Luge is a heart racing event. The racer(s) lay on
 their backs on a sled, which is about 8 inches from the
 ice, that gets up to 85 mph down the track. It is a
 small sled for 1 or 2 riders made of fiberglass or wood.
 Steering made easy by little movements of the feet and
 body. It consists of 3 events: Men’s singles, women’s
 singles, and mixed doubles.
The Sled
 Two wooden or fiberglass runners with steel blades
 about 4ft long, 20in wide, and 8in high
 One of the Olympics oldest winter sports
 The first luge race was in February of 1883 with 6
  nations and 21 competitors from St. Wolfgang to
 The race was won by Georg Robertson of Austrailia
  and Peter Minch of Klosters at matching times of 9
  min 15 sec.
 Added to Winter Olympics in 1964
 Force –help you kick off the starting point (along with inertia-an object
  in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by a force) the rider
  pushes on the sled and the sled pushes back, same with the sled and
  the ice. (help rider gain top speed)
 Gravity-helps the racer gain speed and helps keep the racer on the sled
  as the sled reaches speeds of 85-90 MPH
 Friction-Works against gravity and helps give the rider the main speed
  needed to get down the track
 Aerodynamic drag-works with the rider and sled to get through the air
  easily “The lower the drag, the higher the speed” (How Luge Works”)
 Luge riders start training in the summer to gain
  upper body strength
 Swim and weight lift
 During the winter they do practice runs everyday
 They start out by working on their starts to gain
  momentum and more upper body strength
 Coaches videotape them as they are training to
  analyze the racer and sled over and over
In memory of
Nodar Kumaritashvili
   Vancouver 2010 Olympics
Works Cited
   “Luge.” The world book Encyclopedia. L ed. 2000. Print.
   “Olympic” Welcome to the website of the Olympic 20009.
    Web. 24 Feb. 2010.
 Jan. 2010. Web 24 Feb. 2010
   "The Luge." Academic American Encyclopedia. Vol. 12. Print.

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