Luge athletes travel feet-first down the track, steering the sleds with their legs and shoulders. Competitors can exceed 90 mph. Men and women have separate singles events.
The maximum weight for a single sled is 23 kg (50.6 pounds). Men who weigh less than 90 kg (198 pounds) can add up to 13 kg (28.6 pounds) of ballast to the sled. Women who weight less than 75 kg (165 pounds) can add up to 10 kg (22 pounds) of ballast.
The sled consists of two runners, two blades and a sling or pod seat. The maximum width of the sled cannot exceed 550 mm (21.7 inches) at any point. The runners must not be greater than 80 mm (3.2 inches) in height.
Luge will be contested at Utah Olympic Park during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games. The track is 1,335 meters long and has five start areas for the different events (luge, bobsled and skeleton). One of the fastest courses in the world, Utah Olympic Park features 17 curves for luge.
Doubles teams consist of two people, with the heavier individual lying on top of the lighter person to increase speed and the aerodynamic position. Both men and women can compete in the event, but traditionally only men participate.
The maximum weight for a double sled is 27 kg (59.4 pounds). If the weight of the two athletes is less than 180 kg (396 pounds), they can add up to 10 kg (22 pounds) of ballast.
On a doubles sled, steering can be supplemented by foot supports for the person in back. The supports must not be longer than 300 mm (11.82 inches).