NY's Erin Hamlin wins U.S's first ever singles luge medal

Updated: 02/11/2014 11:41 PM
Created: 02/11/2014 7:36 PM WHEC.com

Natalie Geisenberger won the Olympic gold medal in women's luge, easily prevailing Tuesday to grab Germany's fifth straight in the event and doing so by an enormous margin.

German teammate Tatjana Huefner won the silver and Erin Hamlin won the bronze, the first singles luge medal ever for the United States. Hamlin is the 2009 world champion from Remsen, N.Y.

Geisenberger finished four runs in 3 minutes, 19.768 seconds. She topped Huefner by 1.139 seconds, the second-largest winning margin in Olympic women's luge history.

Hamlin was another 0.236 seconds back for the bronze.

It was the first time in Olympic women's luge history that three world champions swept the medals. Geisenberger won in 2013, Huefner four times from 2007 through 2012, and Hamlin in 2009.

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