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Winter Olympics 2018: A rookie's guide to the precise sport of luge

Luger Shiva Keshavan, India's fastest man on ice, is all geared up for his sixth and final Olympic bid at 2018 PyeongChang Games – starting this week.  In 1998 Nagano Winter Games, Keshavan, then a 16-year old boy, became the youngest person to qualify for luge at Olympics. Since then, he has represented the country in every Winter Games.

The rules of luge are very simple, but luging, in itself, is quite complex. Essentially, lugers have to travel through a steep and inclined ice-track, and record the fastest finish time. Since lugers travel at speeds more than 120 km/h, their finish time is calculated to the thousandth of a second, making it one of the most precisely-timed sports in the world.

One luge run is less than a minute, and it gets very difficult for the viewer to understand what goes down on the track in such less time. Watch the video above to find out more about luge.


Published Date: Feb 07, 2018 09:41 AM | Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 17:32 PM

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