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Luge at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

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Luge at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

What you need to know about luge at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Luge at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games will be contested from Feb. 10-15, with medals awarded in four different events.

Sochi in review

Germany swept all four luge gold medals: men’s, women’s, doubles and team relay. Going back to the days of when the nation was split into east and west, Germany owns 31 luge gold medals, while all other nations combined have 13. 

Felix Loch successfully defended his Olympic gold medal. Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler won the bronze medal, his sixth medal in six Games. 

In the women’s competition, Natalie Geisenberger won the gold medal after claiming the bronze in Vancouver. Erin Hamlin finished third, earning the first medal for any U.S. singles luge athlete at the Olympics.  

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt bested Austria’s Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger, the 2006 and 2010 Olympic champions, for the doubles gold medal. 

Not surprisingly, Germany claimed gold in the team relay, an event that was making its Olympic debut in Sochi.

Competition format

Lugers will compete across the following four events, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the top three finishers, respectively, in each event:

  • Men’s singles
  • Doubles
  • Women's singles
  • Team relay

Venue

Luge events will be held at the Alpensia Sliding Centre in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster.



Alpensia Sliding Centre

Alpensia Sliding Centre Credit: IOC / PyeongChang 2018

Athletes to watch

Men’s luge
 Felix Loch, Germany
 Wolfgang Kindl, Austria
 Chris Mazdzer, United States

Women’s luge
 Natalie Geisenberger, Germany
 Tatjana Huefner, Germany
 Erin Hamlin, United States

Doubles luge
 Wendl Tobias and Arlt Tobias, Germany
 Andris Sics and Juris Sics, Latvia
 Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman, United States

What you need to know for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

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