Feb 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
With the final day of women’s singles’ luge set to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET (CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE), Erin Hamlin is in position to be the one that finally ends a massive Olympic drought for American luge.
Hamlin, the 2009 world champion, sits third behind Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger and defending Olympic champion Tatjana Huefner after the first two runs yesterday at the Sanki Sliding Center.
If Hamlin can stay on the podium through the last two runs this morning at Sanki, she’ll claim the first-ever singles’ luge medal for the U.S. in the Olympics.
The U.S. has earned four previous Olympic medals in luge, but all of them were in doubles – and the last two of those came back at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 (Brian Martin/Mark Grimmette, silver; Chris Thorpe/Clay Ives, bronze).
Hamlin enters today holding third place by a margin of .216 of a second over fourth-place Natalja Khoreva of Russia. One of her teammates, Kate Hansen, is currently rounding out the Top 10 in 10th spot at 1.56 seconds behind leader Geisenberger.
“I’m definitely happy with it [Runs 1 and 2],” Hamlin said in a USA Luge release yesterday. “I had mistakes in both runs that I can correct. I’m having fun and happy with the consistency, so hopefully tomorrow I can find that little extra speed.”
You can see if Hamlin can make history today at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com.
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