facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Erin Hamlin makes history in Sochi with first U.S. luge singles medal

Erin Hamlin won a bronze medal in the singles luge for Team USA.
By Veronica Linares   |   Feb. 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM   |   Comments

1 of 2
| License Photo
SOCHI , Russia, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Erin Hamlin made Olympic history Tuesday when she earned a medal in the singles luge event while competing in the Sochi Games.

The 27-year-old athlete finished third and broke a 50-year U.S. streak with no medals in the singles luge category. The event was first introduced as an Olympic sport in the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games.

"It's surreal," Hamlin said of her medal. "…I came here with no expectations and this is beyond what I imagined."

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner came in first and second respectively during the women luge singles event.

Geisenberger, the world's best in women's singles luge, locked in her gold medal with a 3:19.768 total time, while Huefner secured the second spot at 3:20.907. Hamlin earned her history-making bronze medal with a 3:21.145 time.

Hamlin finished in the 12th spot when she competed in the 2006 Turin Games and 16th in 2010's Vancouver Games, but her competitive training times for Sochi made her a serious medal contender for the 2014 Games.

[Yahoo]

Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
UPI horse racing weekend preview UPI horse racing weekend preview
2
Jameis Winston suspended for entire game against Clemson Jameis Winston suspended for entire game against Clemson
3
LeBron James reveals his new Nike shoes LeBron James reveals his new Nike shoes
4
Peyton Manning implies legal weed is good for his Papa John's franchises Peyton Manning implies legal weed is good for his Papa John's franchises
5
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I don't expect anyone to take my word' NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I don't expect anyone to take my word'
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback