Luge Tracks Around the World
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LAKE PLACID, New York
PARK CITY, Utah
CALGARY, Alberta
WHISTLER, British Columbia
IGIS, Austria
LAPLAGNE, France
ALTENBERG, Germany
KONIGSSEE, Germany
OBERHOF, Germany
WINTERBERG, Germany
CESANA PARIOL, Italy
SIGULDA, Latvia
LILLEHAMMER, Norway
SOCHI, Russia
ST MORITZ, Switzerland
NAGANO, Japan
LAKE PLACID, New York

220 Bobsled Run, Vicinity of Lake Placid, New York, USA
Length = Men's: 1455 meters, (4,733 feet) Curves: 20
Length = Women's: 1130 meters, (3,707 feet) Curves: 17

Notes

"The track in Lake Placid, NY, one of my favorites, offers quite a thrill to those who can get past the initial reputation. Though it's not too fast, it has a lot of tight curves and quick transitions which have made it a thorn in many a sliders' side. Its well-known chicanes are more often than not a roll of the dice, almost always testing an athlete's ability to relax in tight situations. The sporadic and unpredictable weather of the Northeast does not help the cause and often produces some of the sketchiest ice conditions in the sliding world. It is always a great stop on tour, biased as I may be. The small, snow globe-esque town has a great atmosphere and offers plenty to make the week-long stop enjoyable and memorable."
- Erin Hamlin

Track Records

Team Relay: Geisenberger, Palik, Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 2/9/13 - 2:34.894
Men's Singles: 51.939, Felix Loch, GER, Feb. 7, 2009
Women's Singles: 43.985, Erin Hamlin, USA, Feb. 6, 2009
Doubles: 43.641, Plankensteine/Haselrieder, ITA, Feb. 6, 2009

PARK CITY, Utah

3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, Utah, USA
Length = Men's: 1316 meters, (4,317 feet) Curves: 15
Length = Women's: 1140 meters, (3,740 feet) Curves: 12

Notes

"Park City is a track where you need to be smooth from top to bottom. Speed is the key here and as you exit curve-six the speed really begins to increase. The bottom of the track needs to be slid with complete perfection because the curves are big and have a tendency to cause the slider to lose both speed and time. As you cross the finish line, out of curve-15, you can really gain an appreciation for the actual speed that you were traveling at when you sit up and to bring teh sled to a stop."
- Megan Sweeney

Track Records

Team Relay: Geisenberger, Loch, Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 12/14/13 - 2:18.546
Men's Singles: 44.271, Markus Prock, AUT, Feb. 11, 2002
Women's Singles: 42.940, Sylke Otto, GER, Feb. 13, 2002
Doubles: 42.953, Leitner/Resch, GER, Feb. 15, 2002

CALGARY, Alberta

88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Length = Men's: 1251 meters, (4,104 feet) Curves: 14
Length = Women's: 1086 meters, (3,562 feet) Curves: 10

Notes

"Calgary offers a wide open style of racing. The most important curve on this course is number-10. The entrance of curve-10 is critical or the labyrinth will be a constant flight to maintain a fast line. Curve-13 can also be tricky because of how quickly it goes vertical. The athlete who can slide the most relaxed and drive the sled smoothly will have the best chance to win here."
- Brian Martin

Track Records

Men's Singles: 44.516, Armin Zoeggler, ITA, Mov. 30, 2002
Women's Singles: 46.543, Sylke Otto, GER, Dec. 9, 2005
Doubles: 43.564, Grimette/Martin, USA, Nov. 29, 2002

WHISTLER, British Columbia

5 Callaghan, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Length = Men's: 1374 meters, (4,508 feet) Curves: 16
Length = Women's: 1193 meters, (3,914 feet) Curves: 14

Notes

"Despite it's history and reputation, I feel Whistler it is one of the most exhilarating and fun tracks ever built. It is fast and technical, which is why many athletes love this sport. The top is steep and technical; there is no room for error or even a chance to take a quick mental break. The only pause comes in the middle of the course, where there's a crooked straightaway that you must carefully negotiate, like threading a needle. After that, hold on and be ready to test your mental capabilities as you rocket through the bottom of the track at speeds excess of 90mph while pulling 4 g's. During the Olympics there was thousands of spectators but I was so focused I did not see a single person until I finished the run. Talk about intense and exciting!"
- Chris Mazder

Track Records

Men: Felix Loch (Germany) - 2/1/13 - 48.133
Women: Natalie Geisenberger (Germany) - 2/2/13 - 36.688
Doubles: Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 2/1/13 - 36.347
Team Relay: Geisenberger, Loch, Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 12/7/13 - 2:03.791

IGIS, Austria

Length = Men's: 1270 meters, (4,166 feet) Curves: 14
Length = Women's: 870 meters, (2,854 feet) Curves: 10

Notes

"Set within the Austrian Alps, the seemingly simple Igis course is not known for being a physically demanding track. Instead this track is known for its pure difficulty to create speed on teh way down. Athletes must use the curves rather than force teh sled down if they want to be on the podium here."
- Christian Niccum

Track Records

Men: Felix Loch (Germany) - 11/25/13 - 50.098
Women: Anke Wischnewski (Germany) - 11/24/12 - 39.875
Doubles: Eggert/Benecken (Germany) - 11/24/12 - 39.706
Team Relay: Wischnewski, Moller, Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 11/25/12 - 2:08.950

LA PLAGNE, France

Length = Men's: 1249 meters, (4,097 feet) Curves: 15
Length = Women's: 1142 meters, (3,746 feet) Curves: 14

Notes

"Located high in the French alps, the track is mainly used for tourist rides with a specially designed multi person sled. The track crew have mastered the ice making process, making the ride very fast and, if you're comfortable, very easy."
- Ashley Hayden

Track Records

Men's Singles: 45.176, Markus Prock, AUT, Dec. 11, 1995
Women's Singles: 45.277, Angelika Neuner, AUT, Dec. 10, 1995
Doubles: 45.022, Leitner/Resch, GER, Dec. 9, 1995

ALTENBERG, Germany

Length = Men's: 1387 meters, (4,550 feet) Curves: 17
Length = Women's: 1220 meters, (4,002 feet) Curves: 15

Notes

"Altenberg is a very unique track. The ice is unbelievably smooth. The most fun parts of that track are the curves 10,11,12,13, and 14, and after that, it gets a little scary. I've had good results with my teammate Andrew Sherk here, winning medals in Junior World Cup competition. My first year traveling with the Junior Team, I crashed big here!"
- Jake Hyrns

Track Records

Men: Felix Loch (Germany) - 12/9/12 - 53.395
Women: Tatiana Ivanova (Russia) - 2/12/12 - 52.161
Doubles: Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 12/8/12 - 41.299
Team Relay: Hufner, Loch, Eggert/Benecken (Germany) - 2/12/12 - 2:22.003

KONIGSSEE, Germany

Length = Men's: 1362 meters, (4,468 feet) Curves: 16
Length = Women's: 1220 meters, (4,074 feet) Curves: 12

Notes

"This track is nestled in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, in the shadows of Hitler's Eagles Nest. This track's character sets it apart from all other courses in that it's visually charming with its copper and cedar shake curve tops. While sliding, unique curve combinations and tight curve radiuses never leave the athlete without something to do. Straight-aways that bend, four s-curves that go by in a flash, a kreisel curve that's easy to get lost in, and finally pulling to five G-forces in the the finish curve has left more than one slider dragging their head on the ice. Add al this together, and you have one exciting track for the racer and the spectator alike."
- Mark Grimmette

Track Records

Men: Felix Loch (Germany) - 1/5/14 - 48.982
Women: Natalie Geisenberger (Germany) - 1/4/14 - 50.202
Doubles: Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 12/22/12 - 50.369
Team Relay: Geisenberger, Loch, Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 1/5/14 - 2:42.781

OBERHOF, Germany

Length = Men's: 1069 meters, (3,507 feet) Curves: 14
Length = Women's: 945 meters, (3,100 feet) Curves: 11

Notes

"Oberhof, located in eastern Germany, is one of the most challenging tracks for a lot of doubles teams. This track is specifically designed for luge sleds only with tighter transitions between curves. Overhof is not known for its speed, but rather its technical design, but sliders do feel as if they're going 80+ miles-per-hour. This is a great track for any luge athlete. "
- Dan Joye

Track Records

Men: Felix Loch (Germany) - 1/12/14 - 43.447
Women: Natalie Geisenberger (Germany) - 1/12/13 - 41.764
Doubles: Eggert/Benecken (Germany) - 1/11/14 - 41.509
Team Relay: Geisenberger, Loch, Eggert/Benecken (Germany) - 1/15/12 - 2:24.768

WINTERBERG, Germany

Length = Men's: 1324 meters, (4,344 feet) Curves: 14
Length = Women's: 1293 meters, (4,242 feet) Curves: 14

Notes

"Winterberg is a place that lives up to its name. It is known for its snow and wind. The track itself is very unique, with each section varying in style and difficulty. The top of the track is very flat, so it is important to have a fast start and make no mistakes. The middle part of the track has a kreisel or 360 degree corner. The kreisel drops you out into the lower section of the track where the speed quickly multiples as you enter the labyrinth. Most labyrinths are located at the top of tracks due to their difficulty, yet Winterberg's is at the fastest section of the course. Athletes can not afford to enter the labyrinth incorrectly; it either ends in a terrible time lose or a spectacular crash!"
- Ashley Walden

Track Records

Men: David Moller (Germany) - 1/19/13 - 52.047
Women: Natalie Geisenberger (Germany) - 12/14/08 - 56.192
Doubles: Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 1/20/13 - 43.351
Team Relay: Gasparini, Fischnaller, Oberstolz/Gruber (Italy) - 12/1/13 - 2:25.874

CESANA PARIOL, Italy

Length = Men's: 1435 meters, (4,708 feet) Curves: 19
Length = Women's: 1233 meters, (4,045 feet) Curves: 17

Notes

"The home of the 2006 Olympics. I remember walking the track for the first time and seeing the speeds of other sliders as they came rushing by. Thinking, "This is ridiculous!". But after the quick jitters wore off and I was going down the track for the first time, I fell in love with it. Cesana is a very fast track that demands your complete awareness at all times. It truly is one of my favorite places to race, not only because the track is so much fun, because of the beautiful views from the track and the delicious Italian food!"
- Jayson Terdiman

Track Records

Men's Singles: 51.396, Albert Demtschenko, RUS, Feb. 12, 2006
Women's Singles: 46.817, Natalie Geisenberger, GER, Jan. 31, 2010
Doubles: 46.293, Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, Jan. 30, 2010

SIGULDA, Latvia

Length = Men's: 1200 meters, (3,937 feet) Curves: 16
Length = Women's: 988 meters, (3,241 feet) Curves: 13

Notes

"Sigulda is a really unique track. During my first year on the track, it was pretty challenging to learn. Upon arrival, you're confronted with one of the most impressive start ramps on the circuit. Looming above you, mens start makes an impression upon any slider. Walking the track you're confronted with short, quick turns that eventually guide you into a very long straight away, followed by curve 15, where even though you know they're coming, the G-forces get you every time. Even then, the difficult parts aren't over because the final curve, which turns 270 degrees, has a very difficult exit. I had more problems in the outrun of the track than I did down the track!"
- Emily Sweeney

Track Records

Men: Armin Zoggler (Italy) - 2/19/11 - 48.490
Women: Tatjana Hufner (Germany) - 2/20/11 - 42.274
Doubles: Linger/Linger (Austria) - 2/19/11 - 42.000
Team Relay: Geisenberger, Loch, Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 12/16/12 - 2:15.778

LILLEHAMMER, Norway

Length = Men's: 1365 meters, (4,478 feet) Curves: 16
Length = Women's: 1065 meters, (3,494 feet) Curves: 13

Notes

"Lillehammer is definitely a track of its own. Its tight curves and precise steering definitely make it intimidating, but once you get it, it's really fun. The start is definitely my favorite; the steep ramp hurls you right into the speed instead of a gradual increase. Each time you steer, you need to be very precise, which is the most challenging part of the course part for me. If you make a mistake at the top, you lose all speed and there is no hope if getting it back. You really get ride up on the curves quickly to feel the G-forces in order to drive a lot of the corners properly. Norway is also beautiful and the people are very nice."
- Kate Hansen

Track Records

Men's Singles: 49.172, Dominik Fischnaller, GER, Nov. 17, 2013
Women's Singles: 47.883, Gabriele Kohlisch, GER, Feb. 4, 1995
Doubles: 47.655, Wendl/Arlt, GER, Nov. 16, 2013

SOCHI, Russia

Length = Men's: 1365 meters, (4,478 feet) Curves: 20
Length = Women's: 1325 meters, (4,347 feet) Curves: 17

Notes

COMING SOON

Track Records

Men: Gregory Carigiet (Switzerland) - 2/22/13 - 53.013
Women: Natalie Geisenberger (Germany) - 2/23/13 - 50.894
Doubles: Wendl/Arlt (Germany) - 2/23/13 - 50.848
Team Relay: Hufner, Langenhan, Wendl/Arlt - 2/24/13 - 2:51.553

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland

Length = Men's: 1722 meters, (5,649 feet) Curves: 19
Length = Women's: 1535 meters, (5,036 feet) Curves: 16

Notes

"A beautiful winter wonderland located high in the Swiss alps. The track is not refrigerated, so the towns residents come together every season to make the track with snow and ice. The track only has one pre-formed curve that is known for it's lucky "horseshoe" shape. Naturally, the curve is called "Horseshoe"! The speeds are fast as you go into four consecutive right hand turns on the bottom section. It can be difficult to have visual references on the track because the walls are so high. My biggest memory of this track is "flying" off the end of the not so lucky horseshoe turn six times in row. Ouch..."
- Christian Niccum

Track Records

Because this is a natural track that is constructed and changed on an annual basis, there are no start records and track records.

NAGANO, Japan

Length = Men's: 1326 meters, (4,350 feet) Curves: 14
Length = Women's: 1242 meters, (3,917 feet) Curves: 13

Notes

"Nagano is one of the places that you immediately get excited to race at when you see it's on the World Cup schedule. From the city to the people and culture, Nagano is a trip unlike any other. Remembering to drive on the opposite side of the road can almost be as exciting as sliding down the fast and tricky luge track. The 10-11-12 curve combination can be very difficult at times, but it also offers one of the great sensations from any track. As you come roaring from the exit of curve eleven it's a blind uphill ascent towards twelve. As you peak over the hill and can see the next curve, you experience negative G's and almost a weightless feeling right before whipping around the next turn. After a hard day of racing and training, it's always fun to relax and check out all the cool local temples! "
- Preston Griffall

Track Records

Men's Singles: 48.813, David Moeller, GER, Feb. 13, 2004
Women's Singles: 49.744, Silke Kraushaar, GER, Feb. 14, 2004
Doubles: 49.279, Leitner/Resch, GER, Feb. 14, 2004

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