Hammarforsens powerplant in Indalsälven near Hammarstrand
Coordinates: 63°06′N 16°21′E / 63.100°N 16.350°E / 63.100; 16.350Coordinates: 63°06′N 16°21′E / 63.100°N 16.350°E / 63.100; 16.350
Country Sweden
Province Jämtland
County Jämtland County
Municipality Ragunda Municipality
  Total 2.22 km2 (0.86 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
  Total 1,052
  Density 473/km2 (1,230/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Hammarstrand is a locality and the seat of Ragunda Municipality in Jämtland County, Sweden with 1,052 inhabitants in 2010.[1] The town is host to a bobsleigh and luge track. It was built on the dry bed of the former lake Ragundasjön, which drained suddenly catastrophically in 1796.

Bobsleigh and luge track

Constructed in 1964, the track was 1045 meters long[2] with 11 curves and a start height of 900 meters.[3] Its last World Cup luge competition was held in 1990.[2] Until the completion of the bobsleigh and luge track used for the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer in 1992,[4] it was the only track of its kind in Scandinavia. The track was the last natural track to host the FIL European Luge Championships and was the last natural track to host the FIL World Luge Championships until the 2000 event in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Its last use was in 2001.[5]

Track statistics

Turn names[3]
Turn Number Name Reason named (Swedish)
1. Lillen "The little one"
2. Sista skriket "Last scream"
3. Centrumkurvan "Center curve"
4. Ole "Eeny" in Swedish. Luge women's singles men's doubles joins the track after this curve.
5. Dole "Meeny" in Swedish
6. Doff "Miney" & "Moe" in Swedish
7. Lady "Lady"
8. Sunekurvan Named after Sune Nilsson, a former chairman of the local luge club.
9. Ding
10. Dong
11. Målkurvan "Finish curve"

Championships hosted


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