Erin Hamlin: Team USA’s hope for Olympic luge gold

Erin Hamlin

Erin Hamlin of Team USA

It took 50 years for an American to medal in a singles luge event before Erin Hamlin won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She’ll get another shot at a medal as part of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Luge team this week at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The women’s luge competition is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, February 12 and 13, and will be carried by NBC Networks. These include NBC and its local affiliates, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network, as well as the Olympic Channel and live streaming from

Hamlin is from the Adirondack region in upstate New York, and cut her teeth at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, which hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. After taking up luge, she quickly ascended the ranks, both at the U.S. and international levels, and by 2006 was a member of Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. She also competed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, a year after winning  a gold medal in women’s singles in record-setting fashion at the World Champions that were held on her home track in Lake Placid. Then, she won the bronze at Sochi in 2014 and became a local and national hero.

Having just won a gold medal in the sprint, and silver medals in singles and team relay at the World Championships, Hamlin appears poised for some solid runs on the luge track in PyeongChang.

Erin Mullady Hamlin

Born: Nov. 19, 1986

Birthplace: New Hartford, NY

Height/Weight: 5 foot 7 inches / 143 pounds

Olympic Sport: Luge

Honors and Achievements: Bronze medal, XXII Winter Olympics, 2014; Gold medal, World Championships, 2009 (singles), 2017 (sprint).

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd is a freelance sports writer who works out of Gracenote’s Queensbury, NY office.

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