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Luge as an Olympic discipline

Here are some fun facts about the luge, the track, the course chosen for the South Korean Olympics, as well as a few of the rules.

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Weight (sled) 25–30 kg
Steering with your legs
Racing pod made of carbon fiber

The steel blade (gray) may not exceed 1,200 millimeters in length, while the runner (blue) to which it is attached can be longer than this.

Blade made of heavy-plate steel from thyssenkrupp
Height (pod) max. 170 mm
Width (pod) max. 550 mm
Length (pod)

The pod may not extend beyond the knee of the person in front or the shoulder of the person in back.

Height start: 930 m
Height finish: 850 m
most difficult curve
Max. speed aproxx. 140 km/h
2018 Winter Games

The track in Pyeongchang is one of the most technically challenging anywhere owing to its long sequence of curves. Cross your fingers for team Eggert/Benecken on 14 February 2018.

The true measure of success in the sport – the blades

Several steps are required to take the geometry of an object and create a precise 3D model of it.

1. Preparation

A matting spray is applied to prime the blade to avoid reflections.


2. Scanning

A camera-based system scans the blade millimeter by millimeter.


3. Modeling

Once the blade has been fully scanned, the measuring tool can then generate a 3D model of it.


4. Milling

The collected CAD data can now be used to mill a basic blade out of the chosen material.

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