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Erin Hamlin Helps USA End Drought in Luge, Takes Home Bronze

February 12th, 2014 at 3:10 PM
By Cody Dalga

If someone were to ask when the last time the United States won a medal in singles luge, that answer would be tough considering they never have, until now. Erin Hamlin won the first American medal in the sport since it was introduced to the Olympics 50 years ago. 

"It's amazing," Hamlin said following her historic run. "It's surreal, really."

After crossing the finish line she was met by her coach Mark Grimmette. She knew she had done something no other singles American luger had done. German Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner took gold and silver, respectively. 

Americans had finished fourth on three separate occasions before Hamlin took bronze. She finished ahead of Alex Gough of Canada by almost five tenths of a second. While singles luge has been rough for the USA. They have only taken home four medals in team luge, two silvers and two bronzes. 

 

 
Tags: Erin Hamlin, London, London 2012, Olympics, Summer Olympics

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