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United States' Tony Benshoof takes a turn during the Luge World Cup men's singles event in Sigulda, Latvia, on Sunday, November 6, 2005. Benshoof placed second.
United States' Tony Benshoof takes a turn during the Luge World Cup men's singles event in Sigulda, Latvia, on Sunday, November 6, 2005. Benshoof placed second.

  • Keep up with the action in the luge events.


    (Photo: Roman Koksarov/AP Wide World)
  • In the luge, athletes ride on a small sled on their backs with their feet pointing down a twisting, icy run.

    Competitions, which include both singles and doubles, consist of two rounds. The athlete or team with the overall fastest time, which is measured to thousandths of a second, is the winner.

    Whom to Watch
    Top U.S. Male Athlete: Tony Benshoof
    Top U.S. Female Athlete: Courtney Zablocki

    Top International Competitors: Armin Zoeggler (Italy), Albert Demshenko (Russia), and Georg Hackl (Germany), and Silke Kraushaar (Germany) and Anastasia Oberstolza-Antonova (Italy).

    Schedule
    Luge events will take place on the first five days of Olympic competition, starting on February 11.

    Photos, left to right: © Rick Rickman/NewSport/NewSport/Corbis; © Joe Cavaretta/AP Wide World.