Luge- Torino 2006, XX Winter Olympic Games
RULES OF LUGE
Competition format: Two different events are held in luge, events for single-seaters and events for double-seaters. Technically, women are allowed to compete in the doubles, but their strength is usually insufficient to compete at international level. Additionally, at major championships, a team competition is held, where one man, one woman and a double form a team. Such teams may consists of lugers of two different nations.
Luge can take place on two kinds of tracks, artificial tracks and natural tracks. Artificial tracks contains curves specially prepared for the sport, and even the ice on the track may be refrigerated. Natural tracks have no such adaptations. Most luge tracks, including almost all natural tracks, are located in Alpine countries:
Artificial tracks exist in Lake Placid, NY, and Salt Lake City (Utah)
Governing body: The sport of luge is governed by the FIL, Fédération International de Luge de Course.