Winter Olympics 2018: Guide to luge
|Luge at XXIII Olympic Winter Games|
|Venue: Alpensia Sliding Centre Dates: 10-15 February (finals on 11 & 13-15) Number of events: 4|
|Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app.|
How it works
Competitors hurtle feet first down an ice track on a tiny sled at speeds in excess of 80mph. There are four runs in the men's and women's events, two in the doubles and one in the relay; the lowest aggregate time wins. Athletes steer with their legs and shoulders; the smallest error can be costly - luge is the only sliding sport timed to one thousandth of a second, a change made after a 1972 dead heat for gold.
Anything new since Sochi 2014?
Despite enjoying huge success in skeleton, Great Britain has not embraced its sister sport luge. AJ Rosen will be competing in his third Games, hoping to improve on his previous best of 16th.
Who to look out for
Any athlete who makes the German luge team is a medal prospect. Half of the 28 Olympic singles events ever held have produced German one-twos. Germany enjoyed a clean sweep of the titles in Sochi and all of those gold medallists will be in South Korea, including singles champions Felix Loch and Natalie Geisenberger.
Luge gets an unlikely namecheck in the 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery when Dr Evil reveals in a therapy session that he had lessons in the sport as a child. "My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring, we'd make meat helmets."
Great Britain's medallists
None (highest position: 14th - Derek Prentice & Chris Dyason; doubles, 1980).
How do I get involved?
Fancy giving luge a go? Take a look at this Get Inspired guide.