The High-Tech Home of USA Luge
A new era in training for the sport
of luge began on Oct. 16, 1992 when USA Luge formally
opened its $1.1-million headquarters in Lake Placid,
N.Y. The facility, which houses three indoor luge
training ramps, is one of the most sophisticated and
technically advanced of its kind in the world. You
can learn more about the sport of luge and its athletes
through a guided tour every weekday at 2 p.m.
USA Luge’s headquarters features
one of only two indoor start tracks in North America,
and just the seventh worldwide (others are located
in Canada, Germany (3), Italy, and Latvia). There
are three individual practice ramps, each approximately
10 feet high and constructed at inclines of 25, 30,
and 35 percent to emulate the starts most used in
Through advanced refrigeration technology,
the track area is controlled for temperature and humidity.
This feature ensures that conditions will remain near
frost free, thus maximizing the similarities between
training and competition.
The 7,200 square foot building includes
offices for USA Luge's staff and coaches, sled storage
and workrooms, a conference room and media room.
The media room's effectiveness is a
product of advanced video and computerized timing.
Through modern computer software, a slider's start
time is registered at multiple intervals in conjunction
with video footage. With numerous camera positions
surrounding the start, the athlete can complete a
training run, return to the start position and immediately
watch a replay of that run. The track is illuminated
with television lighting creating a state-of-the-art
setting that captures the intricacies of the luge
start. Athletes from the U.S. Senior National, Junior
National, Candidate and Development teams use the
Also, USA Luge hosts its annual indoor
start competition, the JetBlue U.S. National Luge
Start Championships, each summer to gauge each athlete's
progress during the off-season.