Luge at the Winter Olympics

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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. Doubles is technically considered an open event since 1994, but only men have competed in it.[1][2][3] German lugers (competing under the IOC country codes of EUA, GDR, FRG and GER at different times since 1964) have dominated the competition, winning 81 medals of 141 possible.

Luge at the Winter Olympics
Luge pictogram.svg
Governing bodyFIL
Events4 (men: 1; women: 1; mixed: 2)
Games
  • 1924
  • 1928
  • 1932
  • 1936
  • 1948
  • 1952

EventsEdit

Event 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 18 Year
Men's singles 15
Doubles 15
Women's singles 15
Team relay 2
Total events 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4

Medal leadersEdit

 
Georg Hackl of Germany is the most successful Olympic luger, having won three gold medals attained in three consecutive Olympics.
 
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
Armin Zöggeler   Italy (ITA) Men's singles 1994–2014 2 1 3 6
Natalie Geisenberger   Germany (GER) Women's singles
Team relay
2010–2018 4 0 1 5
Georg Hackl   West Germany (FRG)
  Germany (GER)
Men's singles 1988–2006 3 2 0 5
Tobias Arlt   Germany (GER) Doubles
Team relay
2014–2018 4 0 0 4
Tobias Wendl   Germany (GER) Doubles
Team relay
2014–2018 4 0 0 4
Jan Behrendt   East Germany (GDR)
  Germany (GER)
Doubles 1988–1998 2 1 1 4
Stefan Krauße   East Germany (GDR)
  Germany (GER)
Doubles 1988–1998 2 1 1 4
Klaus Bonsack   United Team of Germany (EUA)
  East Germany (GDR)
Men's singles
Doubles
1964–1972 1 1 2 4
Felix Loch   Germany (GER) Men's singles
Team relay
2010–2014 3 0 0 3
Thomas Köhler   United Team of Germany (EUA)
  East Germany (GDR)
Men's singles
Doubles
1964–1968 2 1 0 3
Paul Hildgartner   Italy (ITA) Men's singles
Doubles
1972–1988 2 1 0 3
Andreas Linger   Austria (AUT) Doubles 2006–2014 2 1 0 3
Wolfgang Linger   Austria (AUT) Doubles 2006–2014 2 1 0 3
Hans Rinn   East Germany (GDR) Men's singles
Doubles
1976–1980 2 0 1 3
Silke Kraushaar   Germany (GER) Women's singles 1998–2006 1 1 1 3
Tatjana Hüfner   Germany (GER) Women's singles 2006–2014 1 1 1 3
Albert Demchenko   Russia (RUS) Men's singles
Team relay
1994–2014 0 3 0 3
Markus Prock   Austria (AUT) Men's singles 1984–2002 0 2 1 3
Andris Šics   Latvia (LAT) Doubles
Team relay
2006–2014 0 1 2 3
Juris Šics   Latvia (LAT) Doubles
Team relay
2006–2014 0 1 2 3
Norbert Hahn   East Germany (GDR) Doubles 1976–1980 2 0 0 2
Steffi Martin   East Germany (GDR) Women's singles 1984–1988 2 0 0 2
Sylke Otto   Germany (GER) Women's singles 1992
2002–2006
2 0 0 2

Medal tableEdit

Updated after 2018 Winter Olympics.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Germany (GER)1810937
2  East Germany (GDR)138829
3  Italy (ITA)74617
4  Austria (AUT)68822
5  United Team of Germany (EUA)2215
6  West Germany (FRG)14510
7  Soviet Union (URS)1236
8  United States (USA)0336
9  Russia (RUS)0303
10  Latvia (LAT)0134
11  Canada (CAN)0112
Totals (11 nations)484647141

Note: two gold medals handed in the 1972 doubles competition.

Number of lugers by nationEdit

Nation 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 18 Years
  Argentina (ARG)                 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 7
  Australia (AUS)                 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
  Austria (AUT)                 9 9 8 7 10 7 7 7 8 8 10 10 9 10 10 15
  Bermuda (BER)                 1 1 1 1 4
  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)                 2 1 2
  Brazil (BRA)                 2 2
  Bulgaria (BUL)                 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 7
  Canada (CAN)                 1 7 4 8 4 2 9 6 2 2 7 10 10 8 8 15
  Chinese Taipei (TPE)                 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 9
  Croatia (CRO)                 1 1
  Czech Republic (CZE)                 2 4 4 4 6 5
  Czechoslovakia (TCH)                 6 6 4 3 3 2 4 7
  East Germany (GDR)                 8 9 9 9 10 10 6
  Estonia (EST)                 1 2 2
  France (FRA)                 5 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 8
  Georgia (GEO)                 2 2 1 3
  Germany (GER)                 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 8
  Great Britain (GBR)                 2 2 6 4 7 4 4 2 1 1 2 1 2 13
  Greece (GRE)                 2 1 2
  India (IND)                 1 1 1 1 1 5
  Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)                 1 1
  Italy (ITA)                 7 9 9 8 9 9 9 8 8 10 10 9 8 10 9 15
  Japan (JPN)                 7 5 2 4 5 3 3 6 4 5 3 1 12
  Kazakhstan (KAZ)                 1 1 2
  Latvia (LAT)                 6 8 10 8 8 10 9 10 8
  Liechtenstein (LIE)                 3 3 1 3 2 1 1 1 8
  Moldova (MDA)                 1 1 1 1 4
  Netherlands Antilles (AHO)                 1 1
  New Zealand (NZL)                 1 1 2
  Norway (NOR)                 4 2 3 7 2 2 3 3 8
  Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)                 8 1
  Philippines (PHI)                 1 1
  Poland (POL)                 8 9 8 8 2 2 2 3 2 5 6 11
  Puerto Rico (PUR)                 1 2 2
  Romania (ROU)                 4 3 1 3 4 3 4 4 8 2 5 11
  Russia (RUS)                 8 7 10 10 10 10 6
  Slovakia (SVK)                 2 1 4 6 5 6 5 7
  Slovenia (SLO)                 1 1 1 3
  South Korea (KOR)                 3 3 1 1 4 5 6
  Soviet Union (URS)                 7 6 7 10 10 5
  Spain (ESP)                 4 1 1 3
  Sweden (SWE)                 5 5 4 2 2 3 5 3 2 9
  Switzerland (SUI)                 9 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 9
  Tonga (TGA)                 1 1
  Ukraine (UKR)                 3 6 4 6 6 6 6 7
  Unified Team (EUN)                 10 1
  United Team of Germany (EUA)                 9 1
  United States (USA)                 9 8 10 9 10 9 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 15
  Venezuela (VEN)                 1 4 1 3
  Virgin Islands (ISV)                 1 2 2 1 2 5
  West Germany (FRG)                 8 10 8 7 8 7 6
  Yugoslavia (YUG)                 3 2 2
Nations - - - - - - - - 12 14 13 16 14 17 22 22 25 24 26 24 24 24 24
Lugers - - - - - - - - 68 85 83 94 80 81 90 89 92 93 110 108 110 108 110
Year 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 18

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Specific
  1. ^ "Luge". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Women & the Winter Olympics". topend sports. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Qualification Systems for XXIII Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang" (PDF). fil-luge.org. Retrieved February 16, 2018.

External linksEdit

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