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USA Luge veteran Erin Hamlin is in third place midway through Olympic women’s singles race in Sochi

Feb. 10, 2014, 1:27 p.m. (ET)


Erin Hamlin of the United States brakes in the finish areas after her second run during the women's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Three-time Olympian Erin Hamlin of Remsen, N.Y., sits in third place Monday night after two of four runs at the Sanki Sliding Center, and is poised to give the United States luge team its first singles medal in Olympic history. The final heats take place Tuesday evening. The U.S. has won four Olympic doubles medals, two in 1998 and two in 2002.

Already Hamlin has established a new Olympic mark by placing second after the first heat tonight. That is the best first-run effort in Olympic singles for the organization.

“I’m definitely happy with it (the runs),” said Hamlin. “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.”

The 2009 World Champion got off to a difficult start in the first heat when she wavered going down the ramp.

“I jumped crooked at the start and had to correct with my paddles instead of powering down the ramp,” continued Hamlin. “I bumped a little too soon on a couple of curves which kind of killed my momentum a little bit. I’ve been pretty comfortable all week and had a lot of speed in the bag. Now I’m third and I want to get back in second. I’m not looking behind me.”

Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger, who set a track record in the first run, leads the race by three-quarters of a second, with defending gold medalist Tatyana Hufner, also of Germany, second. But Hamlin only trails Hufner by .05 of a second, and is currently .22 ahead of fourth place Natalja Khoreva of Russia.

Kate Hansen of the United States starts her second run during the women's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Hamlin’s teammates Kate Hansen is 10th, while Summer Britcher is 15th. The latter two racers are making their Olympic debuts.

Summer Britcher of USA in action during the Women's Singles Run in Sliding Center Sanki at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, 10 February 2014. Photo by: Fredrik Von Erichsen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images 

Results from day 1 of the women's 2014 Olympic luge competition

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