We love watching the Winter Olympics and find many of the sporting events to be very underrated. There is something about watching winter sports that gives you a feeling you don’t get with regular Olympic sports. Luge is one of the most exciting and enjoyable winter sports in the world and has been a staple of the Winter Olympics for some time now.
Have you ever heard of luge? Many people haven’t, but even if you have, you probably don’t know much beyond having seen the event a couple of times. So we’re going to take a look at the history of luge, and the role it plays in the world of Winter Olympics. So, let’s delve into the world of luge, and find out what it is.
The word ‘luge’ actually comes from the French word for ‘sled,’ and this should give you some kind of idea of what the sport evolves into. It is thought that the word is actually a Gaulish word, and the first recorded use of it came back in 1905. The sport of luge was originally developed in Switzerland and has roots as far back as the 16th Century. Swiss hotel owners came up with the idea of the sport as a thrill-seeking excursion for tourists who were visiting in the winter. After proving hugely popular across the years, luge was added to the Winter Olympics roster in 1964.
How it works
The sport is actually pretty terrifying if you think about it, mainly because a luge has no breaks. One of the oldest winter sports, luge involves competitors lying horizontally on their backs on a small sled, and racing down an icy track at breakneck speeds. As we say, there are no brakes involved in the luge, and that’s a pretty scary prospect. The event is one that is predominantly singles, but there is a doubles event as well.
The first Olympic appearance for luge was 1964, but nine years prior it had made an appearance in the World Championships. Its first Olympic appearance came at the Innsbruck Games in Austria and came as a mixed event. And, since 1976, the sport has happened on the same track as the bobsleigh event. Luge continues to be one of the most breathtaking and popular events at the Winter Olympics. The Germans have a history of dominating in this event – between 1964 and 1988, East Germany scooped 15 of a possible 21 gold medals in the luge.
You’ll definitely have seen the luge event if you’ve tuned into the Winter Olympics before. It’s that one that looks absolutely crazy, and you’re thinking there’s going to be a crash followed by imminent death at any moment. But, there are few Winter Olympic events that are more thrilling or fun to watch than the luge. It is an unmissable part of the Winter Olympics program, and you should definitely check it out as soon as you can. Luge is one of the oldest winter sports and began as a form of entertainment for hoteliers and the tourists who stayed with them. It has evolved into one of the most important sports in the winter program.