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TheActiveTimes: New Olympic Events for 2014

Luge Team Relay

In this mixed-gender event, each team comprises women’s and men’s singles sleds and a doubles sled, according to the U.S. Luge Association.

All the sleds begin at the same starting point but will follow each other in sequence — with the gates opening up for each sled after the previous sledder in the team hits the finish line.

"Many team events involve adding one individual score to another while others, like the 4 X 100 meter track race, involve a continuous event with a transition from one competitor to another," USA Luge CEO Ron Rossi said in an April 2011 statement announcing the event’s inclusion. "Luge’s team event will be the latter, involving touch pads, reaction time and the opening of a gate to arrive at one cumulative time.”

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