Nico Gleirscher is one of several contenders to take the men's luge singles world title ©Getty Images

The 2023 International Luge Federation (FIL) Luge World Championships are set to get underway tomorrow in Oberhof, with it set to be the first time the women's doubles and women's doubles sprint categories are to be part of the programme.

Germany will come into their home Championships as the favourites to top the medals table, having won all four gold medals at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

In 2021, Germany won four of the seven titles on offer, with the Russian Luge Federation winning the men's singles and Austria winning the men's sprint and team relay.

With no Russian team here - due to the ongoing sanctions against the country and Belarus due to their involvement in the invasion of Ukraine - Germany and Austria should expect to sweep up again, but threats can come from elsewhere.

In the men's singles, five sliders have won the five long races this year, from four countries.

Nico Gleirscher from Austria, Felix Loch and Max Langenhan of Germany, Dominik Fischnaller from Italy and Latvia's Kristers Aparjods have all stood atop the podium, while Gleirscher and Fischnaller also have sprint wins to their names.

Two German and two Austrian teams have won in the men's doubles this season too, as well as one from Latvia.

The most notable of these are Germans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt who have wins in sprint and long races - both coming in the last three World Cup races.

Madeleine Egle is among the favourites for the women's singles title ©Getty Images
Madeleine Egle is among the favourites for the women's singles title ©Getty Images

Austrian Madeleine Egle had the perfect start to the season in the women's singles with three wins from three, but has failed to make it on the podium for the next World Cup races.

She will need to regain her consistency to match the form of Germans Dajana Eitberger, Julia Taubitz and Anna Berreiter, who won all those races between them.

Selina Egle and Lara Michaela Kipp from Austria have three World Cup wins in the women's doubles between them, the same number as Italians and European champions Andrea Vötter and Marion Oberhofer.

Anda Upīte and Sanija Ozoliņa from Latvia claimed a victory on home ice recently in Sigulda too, and will be contenders for the medals.