Since every luge track is different from every other luge track, there are no blanket World or Olympic records in luge. There are only track records. Italian slider Armin Zoggeler holds the World track record for the 2006 Torino Games course 144.586 for two runs, or an average time of 52.293 seconds per run.
At the start of the luge course, there are two handles, one on each side of the track. The slider grabs these handles and rocks back and forth to build momentum for the start. To begin the race, the slider propels himself onto the course and immediately uses his hands in the spiked gloves to paddle through the first 10 feet or so of the track. This helps him gain some speed before lying down on the sled.