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Erin Hamlin secures USA Luge nomination to U.S. Olympic Team

Dec 8, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

Erin Hamlin AP

Erin Hamlin finished fifth in a World Cup luge race to secure her third Olympic berth on Saturday night.

Hamlin, 27, of Remsen, N.Y., is the second USA Luger to clinch a spot in Sochi, joining now two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer.

Hamlin is now a three-time Olympian. The 2009 world champion finished 12th in Torino and 16th in Vancouver.

“It’s really nice to get that out of the way,” said Hamlin, who fist-pumped after finishing her race in Whistler, B.C. “It’s like a weight off the shoulders a little bit. So, big relief.”

Hamlin is the first U.S. women’s luger to make three Olympic teams since Cammy Myler, who made four from 1988-98. No U.S. woman has ever won an Olympic luge medal.

The rest of the USA Luge Olympic Team is expected to be finalized after next weekend’s World Cup stop in Park City, Utah.

Athletes nominated to U.S. Olympic Team

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