FIL Natural Track Luge World Championships 2019 - Latzfons (ITA) - News

Natural track luge: action packed luge races

World Championships 2019

Latzfons (ITA), January 31 - February 3, 2019


Unlike artificial luge tracks, natural tracks are adapted from existing mountain roads and paths. Artificially banked curves are not permitted. The track’s surface must be horizontal. As the use of artificial refrigeration is forbidden, they are naturally iced. Natural track luge requires a completely different technique than on an artificial track. At the start, the athletes gain momentum by “paddling”,  dragging their hands on the ice to move forward. In order to drive around the tight flat corners, athletes use a steering rein, drag their hands and use their legs. Braking is often required in front of curves and is accomplished by the use of spikes built on the bottom of the shoes. At the finish line, hundredths of a second decide over victory or defeat.