The International Luge Federation (FIL) is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world federation of the sport of luge. The FIL is the sole international representative of the interests of the sport of luge. It is the highest authority in all concerns that regard the sport, and also the host of the world championships. The FIL currently has 52 member countries.
The luge only started to gain popularity as a piece of sporting equipment in the 19th century. The first luge race with international participants took place in 1883, in Davos, Switzerland. From the beginning of the 1950s, the popularity of luge sports as a winter sports discipline started to increase. It was becoming increasingly recognized as a truly original winter sports discipline, even on an international level.
Success in this sport is achieved by mastering the athleticism of the start, having a high degree of courage and willingness to take risks, having the sensitivity required to really “feel” the driving dynamics, and the correct adjustment of the luge material to the track and weather conditions. Needless to say, the courage and skill of the pilot is also important.
As an event closely tied to winter, ice, freezing temperatures, and top class performances, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Eberspächer has been actively supporting luge races as a partner since 2001/2002. The topic of winter sports and their high requirements of man and material, but also in terms of ethics and fair play, is apt, and not only for our innovative pre-heaters.