Luge

Justin Graham ‘14
Reporter

 

Could you imagine flying at a speed of 95 miles per hour on a sled? Well, in the Olympic sport of luge, this is totally achievable.
Luge, similar to bobsleigh and skeleton, is considered an extreme sport. Although bobsleigh and skeleton are scary, luge is the fastest and most dangerous. Many people get a thrill from the chances of a rider, referred to as a luger, being tossed from the sled.
“The first time I ever watched the luge portion of the Olympics, I lost my mind. My heart was pounding the whole time of excitement and fear of a rider getting hurt,” said Brad Bedard ‘14.
In luge, the most common injuries are cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, and concussions, but occasionally deaths may occur. Three luge athletes that have died in preparation of the Olympics, and the most recent was in 2010 when Nodar Kumaritashvili made a steering error.
“I couldn’t even imagine flying down ice on a sled and in an instant not being alive anymore. Luge sounds like a terrifying sport,” said Jenna Haddad ’15.
Erin Hamlin earned the only medal for the U.S. luge team: a bronze in the women’s single competition.
If you’ve never heard of luge, it’s definitely worth watching because there’s always something interesting happening.