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How to Luge

So you want to be a luger, huh? Here are a couple things you should know before taking the plunge.


  • : Always wear approved safety gear, including a helmet, when you luge. If you're not an experienced luger, head out to the track with an instructor.
  • Step 1: Sit up; hold handles Sit up straight on the sled and grab the handles on both sides of the track.
  • Step 2: Push forward Slide the sled forward using your hips, then backwards, and then give it one final massive push forward, letting go of the handles.
  • Step 3: Paddle Paddle against the ice three or four times with your spiked gloves.
  • Step 4: Lean back Lean back with your head back, and your toes pointed straight downhill.
  • TIP: Try to keep your head level with the track, despite the strong gravitational pull.
  • Step 5: Steer Steer using your head, shoulders, and calves.
  • TIP: Maintain your balance and steer minimally to avoid unnecessary friction.
  • Step 6: Maintain posture and concentration Maintain your posture and concentration, and you'll be at the bottom before you know it.
  • FACT: Luge sleds can reach speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.

You Will Need

  • Luge
  • Helmet
  • Ice track
  • Spiked gloves

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