Doubles Ruge

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Mentions of sled competing first appeared in accounts from Norway in 1480 and the Erz Mountain province in 1552. The first worldwide luge race took place in February 1883 with 21 participants in lieu of six nations, as well as the United States. The four-kilometer race, from the Swiss resorts of St. Wolfgang to Klosters, and prearranged by inns in Davos, was won by Georg Robertson, a scholar from Australia, and Peter Minch, a mailman from Klosters, who each raced to an indistinguishable first place time of 9 minutes, 15 seconds!

At the crack of the century, luge was actually administrated by the Federation International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (F.I.B.T.), which administered all the ice-track sports. In 1935, the F.I.B.T acknowledged
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Doubles luge is a one-day rivalry in which duos of athletes take two runs down the course. The fastest overall time defines the champion. There is no decree that says a doubles team must encompass members of the same gender, but conventionally, men have slid together, with the superior man situated on top for a more aerodynamic fit. The doubles course is .74 miles.

At the start of both doubles runs, each luge is weighed, each competitor is weighed, and temperatures of sled runners are matched to an official "control" runner. The sled in doubles cannot exceed 59.4 lbs., and there is no maximum weight for the couple.

The doubles arena is separated into four starting groups based on the outcomes from the previous three World Cup competitions preceding the Games, with a maximum of two doubles teams for each country. Numbers for the contestants and starting positions are unsystematically drawn from within each starting group for the leading run. In the subsequent run, the teams start in reverse rank order (the fastest team goes last) based on the outcomes from the

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