© Getty Images/Clive Brunskill
07 October 2004
One hundred and ten men and women will participate in the luge competition at the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006. This is the same figure as for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games. Forty men, 30 women and 20 doubles can qualify for the Olympic competition. This quota was approved recently by the IOC and communicated by the International Luge Federation (FIL).
First artificial track in Italy
During a visit to the construction site in Cesana under the guidance of Ivo Ferriani, the person responsible for the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton competitions within TOROC, the FIL Executive Committee was satisfied that completion of Italy's first artificial track is being carried out at full speed. Ivo Ferrani explained that workers operate in several multiple shifts in order to complete the track. Should everything go according to plan, the track will celebrate its Olympic trial at the Viessmann World Cup Final in February 2005.
Cesana is a ski resort at an altitude of 1,350 metres. It is located some 90 km from Turin. The 1,435m track will be situated in the Pariol Greniere area, on the road that leads from Cesana to San Sicario. It will be used for the luge, skeleton and bobsleigh competitions and offers facilities for 7,450 spectators.
27 new judges
In preparation for the Olympic Winter Games in Turin 2006, 27 judges have acquired the FIL International Judge License. The tests were held by members of the FIL Executive Committee. The candidates attended numerous seminars and exercises, as well as several World Cups last season.
Debut at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympic Games
Luge made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Games in Innsbruck. It was integrated into the heart of the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation in 1935. Twenty-two years later the sport broke away to form the International Luge Federation. It was not until 1955 that the first world championships took place, 41 years after the inaugural European championships.