Luge at the Winter Olympics

Luge at the Winter Olympics
Governing body FIL
Events 4 (men: 1; women: 1; mixed: 2)
  • 1924
  • 1928
  • 1932
  • 1936
  • 1948
  • 1952

Luge is a winter sport featured at the Winter Olympic Games where a competitor or two-person team rides a flat sled while lying supine (face up) and feet first. The sport is usually contested on a specially designed ice track that allows gravity to increase the sled's speed. The winner normally completes the route with the fastest overall time. It was first contested at the 1964 Winter Olympics, with both men's and women's events and a doubles event. Doubles is technically considered an open event since 1994, but only men have competed in it.[1][2][3] German lugers (competing under the IOC country codes of EUA, GDR, FRG and GER at different times since 1964) have dominated the competition, winning 81 medals of 141 possible.


Men's singles15
Women's singles15
Team relay2
Total events333333333333344

Medal leaders

Athletes who won at least two gold medals or three medals in total are listed below.

Athlete NOC Event Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
Armin Zöggeler  Italy (ITA) Men's singles 1994–2014 2136
Natalie Geisenberger  Germany (GER) Women's singles
Team relay
2010–2018 4015
Georg Hackl  West Germany (FRG)
 Germany (GER)
Men's singles 1988–2006 3205
Tobias Arlt  Germany (GER) Doubles
Team relay
2014–2018 4004
Tobias Wendl  Germany (GER) Doubles
Team relay
2014–2018 4004
Jan Behrendt  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
Doubles 1988–1998 2114
Stefan Krausse  East Germany (GDR)
 Germany (GER)
Doubles 1988–1998 2114
Klaus Bonsack  United Team of Germany (EUA)
 East Germany (GDR)
Men's singles
1964–1972 1124
Felix Loch  Germany (GER) Men's singles
Team relay
2010–2014 3003
Thomas Köhler  United Team of Germany (EUA)
 East Germany (GDR)
Men's singles
1964–1968 2103
Paul Hildgartner  Italy (ITA) Men's singles
1972–1988 2103
Andreas Linger  Austria (AUT) Doubles 2006–2014 2103
Wolfgang Linger  Austria (AUT) Doubles 2006–2014 2103
Hans Rinn  East Germany (GDR) Men's singles
1976–1980 2013
Silke Kraushaar  Germany (GER) Women's singles 1998–2006 1113
Tatjana Hüfner  Germany (GER) Women's singles 2006–2014 1113
Albert Demchenko  Russia (RUS) Men's singles
Team relay
1994–2014 0303
Markus Prock  Austria (AUT) Men's singles 1984–2002 0213
Andris Šics  Latvia (LAT) Doubles
Team relay
2006–2014 0123
Juris Šics  Latvia (LAT) Doubles
Team relay
2006–2014 0123
Norbert Hahn  East Germany (GDR) Doubles 1976–1980 2002
Steffi Martin  East Germany (GDR) Women's singles 1984–1988 2002
Sylke Otto  Germany (GER) Women's singles 1992

Medal table

Updated after 2018 Winter Olympics.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Germany (GER)1810937
2 East Germany (GDR)138829
3 Italy (ITA)74617
4 Austria (AUT)68822
5 United Team of Germany (EUA)2215
6 West Germany (FRG)14510
7 Soviet Union (URS)1236
8 United States (USA)0336
9 Russia (RUS)0303
10 Latvia (LAT)0134
11 Canada (CAN)0112

Note: two gold medals handed in the 1972 doubles competition.

Number of lugers by nation

 Argentina (ARG)        11121117
 Australia (AUS)        1111116
 Austria (AUT)        9987107778810109101015
 Bermuda (BER)        11114
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)        212
 Brazil (BRA)        22
 Bulgaria (BUL)        33212117
 Canada (CAN)        1748429622710108815
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)        2322211119
 Croatia (CRO)        11
 Czech Republic (CZE)        244465
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)        66433247
 East Germany (GDR)        899910106
 Estonia (EST)        122
 France (FRA)        511133118
 Georgia (GEO)        2213
 Germany (GER)        10101010101010108
 Great Britain (GBR)        226474421121213
 Greece (GRE)        212
 India (IND)        111115
 Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)        11
 Italy (ITA)        79989998810109810915
 Japan (JPN)        75245336453112
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)        112
 Latvia (LAT)        681088109108
 Liechtenstein (LIE)        331321118
 Moldova (MDA)        11114
 Netherlands Antilles (AHO)        11
 New Zealand (NZL)        112
 Norway (NOR)        423722338
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)        81
 Philippines (PHI)        11
 Poland (POL)        8988222325611
 Puerto Rico (PUR)        122
 Romania (ROU)        4313434482511
 Russia (RUS)        87101010106
 Slovakia (SVK)        21465657
 Slovenia (SLO)        1113
 South Korea (KOR)        3311456
 Soviet Union (URS)        76710105
 Spain (ESP)        4113
 Sweden (SWE)        5542235329
 Switzerland (SUI)        9211222219
 Tonga (TGA)        11
 Ukraine (UKR)        36466667
 Unified Team (EUN)        101
 United Team of Germany (EUA)        91
 United States (USA)        981091091091010101010101015
 Venezuela (VEN)        1413
 Virgin Islands (ISV)        122125
 West Germany (FRG)        81087876
 Yugoslavia (YUG)        322

See also


  1. "Luge". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. "Women & the Winter Olympics". topend sports. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. "Qualification Systems for XXIII Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang" (PDF). Retrieved February 16, 2018.

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