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Summer Britcher Takes First Luge World Cup Win; Erin Hamlin Earns Silver

By Associated Press | Dec. 12, 2015, 6:39 p.m. (ET)

Summer Britcher (C) is kissed by Erin Hamlin (L) and Germany's Dajana Eitberger on the women's luge podium at the FIL World Cup on Dec. 11, 2015 in Park City, Utah.


PARK CITY, Utah -- Summer Britcher rode the momentum from a bronze medal on one home track, to a gold medal on another Friday night and USA Luge finished 1-2 in a World Cup women's singles race.

In the two races, the 21 year old has earned her first World Cup medal, followed by her first career victory.

The gold medalist totaled 1 minute, 27.537 seconds.

"A lot of athletes are really close in training," Britcher said. "So it's sort of a toss-up as to how things would go. But I was trying to stay calm and not let last week get in my head, and not expect anything out of this more than some good runs."

Sochi Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin, a winner last week in Lake Placid, New York, earned the silver medal, 0.07 of a second behind her teammate.

Germany's Dajana Eitberger, the opening day gold medalist in Igls, Austria, rallied from fourth place to third in the second heat.

In the past two weeks, the American women, with five medals, are capitalizing on two home races in consecutive weeks.

"Part of it, you can't deny, is two home tracks in a row," Britcher said. "It's not an advantage we get ever. A lot of it is my strength training. I think as I'm getting older it's getting easier to get stronger and faster on the start."

Hamlin's two-run total of 1:27.614 gave her the silver and kept her in first place in the overall World Cup rankings with 231 points. The victory moved Britcher to second on the season with 225 points. USA Luge has never had singles racers occupy the top two spots on the World Cup standings.

"I've never had a real solid race here," Hamlin said. "The first run was a little sketchy. My runs weren't as dynamic as I would have liked. But for racing here, it's my best ever so I'm pumped. And to go 1-2 it's awesome. This is why we love racing in North America."

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