At the 2014 games in Sochi, Erin Hamlin became the first American ever to earn an Olympic medal in singles luge. But making history once wasn't enough for the four-time Olympian. She'll slide into PyeongChang with Team USA, and look to walk out with its first-ever luge gold medal.

Learn more about becoming a luge athlete

USA Luge promotes luge growth in the United States and enables athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence at the highest levels, including Olympic and World Championship competitions. Since 1979, USLA has provided the United States National Luge Team athletes and coaches with the training, recruitment, and administrative resources needed to compete on the international stage.

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So you want to luge?

Luge comes from the French phrase, “faire de la luge,” which means “sled.” Luge made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Innsbruck Games, but its origins date back to 16th century Switzerland where it began as a form of transportation. They had no idea that it would evolve into one of the most exciting sports on the planet. No longer confined to wooden toboggans and rocky mountain paths, modern lugers can reach speeds up to 90 mph on their ultra-light sleds and meticulously constructed courses.

2018 Luge Challenge

Slide in feet first

This winter, USA Luge will bring the speed and exhilaration of luge to ski and snowboard areas across the U.S.

Families and winter sports enthusiasts can experience the Fastest Sport on Ice® in a safe, slope-side setting, with help from USA Luge Olympians, international medalists, and coaches. After learning the basics of accelerating, steering, and stopping, adults and children (ages 10+) can tackle the course for fun or in a race against the clock to win incredible prizes from USA Luge, participating sponsors, and the host resort.

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