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There are three kinds of luge competition: men's and women's singles, and the doubles. The aim of luge racing is simple – to get from A to B on a refrigerated luge track as quickly as possible lying, feet first, belly up on an open, fibreglass sled. At the Winter Games the four- run format is unique, and is designed to reward consistency, endurance and mental strength over two tough days of competition. Who said winning Olympic gold was easy? Pulling on handles fixed in the ice, luge racers fly out of the start and use spiked gloves to gain extra acceleration before lying on their backs, feet stretched out in front of them. Steering with their legs and shoulders on a hi- tech, refrigerated track with corners and steep banking, racers regularly reach speeds of over 140 km/ h, with G- forces reaching over 5G. Unsurprisingly, times are measured in the thousandths of a second. Usually held over two days, the winner is the athlete with the fastest time combined over four runs. Men and women compete on the same track, although the women start from a position further down the course. The doubles event consists of two runs in a single day, with the fastest total time determining the winner. 70OLYMPIC REVIEW STAR INTERVIEW Below: The spectacular new Olympic luge run at Whistler FORMAT