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Luge

Luge

Luge is a winter sport in which one or two riders slide down a purpose-built track on a sleigh against the clock. The sport of luge is one of the fastest, most technical and most developed sports in Latvia today. The winner of a luge event is determined by adding up the times of two or four runs. This type of sport developed fairly recently - in the late 19th century in the Alps. As luge gained popularity worldwide, especially in Europe, it also entered Latvia. The first track in the Baltics was opened in Sigulda as early as in 1887. At that time, there were no strict rules, the athletes competed in teams of two, three or four, but those unable to find a partner competed solo. There were also mixed teams because women were no less brave back then than they are today. A few years later, in 1910, three luge tracks were built in Āgenskalns to offer enthusiasts, holidaymakers and athletes the opportunity to show off their riding skills. Today, only a few dozens of athletes partake in this sport, continuing and developing its tradition for 40 years. Over these years, top-class athletes have been prepared who have won gold, silver and bronze medals at the world and European championships and the Olympic Games. Some of the best are Vera Zozuļa – Olympic champion, Šici brothers – Olympic silver medallists, Ingrīda Amantova and Mārtiņš Rubenis - Olympic bronze medallists.