Named in reference to the most difficult type of ski run, Black Diamond was founded in 2004 and has since then helped hundreds of companies navigate their most difficult technology challenges.
In 2008, Black Diamond decided to support and become a sponsor for the US Luge team.
“I grew up playing winter sports, and one of the things that drew me to the US Luge team was the fact that the sport, like technology, took absolute precision. It is the only sport that is measured in 1/1000th of a second, and that kind of precision is what we strive for at Black Diamond Solutions.” Michael Kupfer CEO Black Diamond Solutions.
Some interesting Luge facts:
USA Luge first achieved Olympic success at the 1998 XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan with silver and bronze medals in the doubles’ competition.
USA Luge matched its Olympic success from the ’98 Games, winning silver and bronze in the doubles’ event of the 2002 XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
USA Luge doubles teams have won four overall World Cup titles (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003) and two overall Challenge Cup crowns (2002 and 2003).
USA Luge has earned almost 560 medals in senior and junior international competition, since 1994, making USA Luge the most successful Winter Olympic National Governing Body (NGB).
USA Luge made team history by sweeping all three medals in a Dec. 1996 World Cup doubles event in Lillehammer, Norway.
USA Luge has captured 16 World Junior Championship titles.
USA Luge has captured two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals in Senior World Championship events.
USA Luge has captured 26 Senior World Cup wins since 1994.
Luge is the only sliding sport measured to the single thousandth of a second.
Speeds in luge can exceed 95 mph.
The United States has two full-length, certified, Olympic-style luge tracks (Park City, Utah and Lake Placid, N.Y.).
The average luge run has a vertical drop of 30 stories (300 feet).