The start is authorized by an audio and visual signal, and from that point, the athlete has 30 seconds to start the run. The competitor may accelerate the sled by pushing it; any other help during the starting procedure is prohibited.
The Race/The Finish
During the race only the prone position (lying on the stomach) is allowed. The athlete may leave the sled in order to push or move it, but he or she must pass the finish line on the sled for the run to count.
Each NOC may enter a maximum of three athletes in both the men's and women's competitions. A nation has the right to choose which athletes it enters. The maximum number of athletes each country may send is determined by the ranking of nations during the 2009-10 World Cup season.
In the men's competition, the top three countries in the nations standings may enter three athletes. Nations ranked 4-10 may enter two athletes and nations ranked 11-17 may enter one athlete.
In the women's competition, the top two countries in the nations standings may enter three athletes. Nations ranked 3-6 may enter two athletes and nations ranked 7-12 may enter one athlete.