Luge made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Innsbruck Games and has been a permanent sport in all the successive Winter Games up till PyeongChang 2018.
Luge made its Olympic debut, at the Innsbruck Games long after the European and the World Championships were already being held. A men’s event, a women’s event and a doubles event featured in 1964. The programme has not changed since then, with only a team relay event included since Sochi 2014. Since 1976, luge takes place on the same track as bobsleigh.
The discipline was dominated by the East Germans, who won 15 of the 21 gold medals available between 1964 and 1988. One of the undisputed masters of luge is a German: Georg Hackl, who won gold three times consecutively, in 1994 in Lillehammer, 1998 in Nagano and 2002 in Salt Lake City.