New Yorker Erin Hamlin Wins Bronze in Sochi, Becomes First U.S. Singles Luger Ever to Medal at Olympics


Twenty-seven-year-old Erin Hamlin secured a bronze medal — the first medal for a singles luger in U.S. history — Tuesday in Sochi.

This was the third Olympics for Hamlin, who hails from Remsen, New York. She grew up training on her home track at Mount Van Hoevenberg outside Lake Placid.

Hamlin was bested by two German sliders — Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Hüfner — but there were no hard feelings.

Geisenberger was going in for a teutonic, sportsman-like handshake but Hamlin was like: NO, ACTUALLY WE’RE GOING TO HUG:

Hamlin is the first New Yorker to medal at the Sochi games. Not to brag or anything, but New York has produced more winter gold medalists than any other state in the union. Her fellow New Yorkers cheered her on from Twitter.