A luge, the French word for "sledge," is a small one or two person sled where the rider will sled face up and feet first. The luger steers by using the calf muscles to flex the sled's runners. Lugers can reach speeds of 90 mph, and it is a very popular Olympic sport. Luge racing has been around over 130 years, and can be considered one of the most precisely timed sports in the world.

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What is Luge?

A luge is a light toboggan for one or two people who will ride down a course in a timed descent.

How dangerous is luge?

Of all the events in the Olympics (winter and summer) luge is among the most dangerous. With speeds up to 90 mph, sliders are at great risk of serious injury, or even death.

How fast does a luge go?

The average luge speed is around 75 to 80 mph, but top speeds can be up to 90 mph.

Where can I luge?

The best way to get into luge is to sign up for lessons where there is a track nearby. It may be difficult since there is a limited amount of tracks in the world, but if you are ever on a trip in one of these areas, you can sign up for beginner lessons where you can learn the basic fundamentals of the sport.

Who invented the luge?

The luge was created by Vikings all the way back to 800 AD. They were designed to slide down the mountains of Oslofjord. The first ever track was created by hotel entrepreneur Caspar Badrutt.