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Summer Britcher, Emily Sweeney Join Erin Hamlin On U.S. Olympic Women’s Luge Team

By Karen Price | Dec. 14, 2017, 9:41 p.m. (ET)


Erin Hamlin finally has some company.

Two and a half weeks after Hamlin qualified for her fourth Olympic Winter Games in women’s luge, teammates Summer Britcher and Emily Sweeney qualified to join her.

Britcher and Sweeney’s spots became official on Thursday when teammate Raychel Germaine failed to advance out of the Nations Cup race and into this weekend’s FIL World Cup in Lake Placid, New York.

Hamlin, the most decorated U.S. singles slider in history, finished fourth at the world cup late last month in Winterberg, Germany, to qualify for her fourth and final Olympic Games.

However, Britcher and Sweeney actually have more points on the world cup circuit this year, with Britcher fifth and Sweeney sixth. Hamlin is 10th entering Lake Placid.

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Britcher competed at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, where she won gold in the team relay, and made her Olympic debut at the Sochi Games in 2014, where she finished 15th. The 23-year-old from Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, won the bronze medal in this season’s world cup race in Winterberg, Germany, at the end of November to secure A-tier Olympic qualification and has also finished in seventh place and fifth in world cup races this season.

The 24-year-old Sweeney, of Suffield, Connecticut, will be making her Olympic debut after coming up short both in 2010 and 2014. She was just 16 in 2010 when her sister, Megan, beat her by two-tenths of a second in a race-off between three sliders for a spot on the Olympic team. 

Sweeney, who is Hamlin’s longtime roommate and the 2013 junior world champion, won her first career world cup gold medal this season in a sprint race and also has two top-10 finishes in singles races to secure her B-tier Olympic qualification. 

The 31-year-old Hamlin, the 2009 world champion and 2017 world silver medalist whose bronze medal in Sochi was the first by a U.S. singles luger, has said this season will be her last.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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