Victory Is Theirs: Erin Hamlin

Updated: February 15, 2014, 9:50 AM ET staff

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- A few weeks ago, most of America had never heard of Erin Hamlin. And even luge junkies overlooked her this week. She hadn't medaled the entire World Cup season and arrived in Sochi the sixth-ranked slider in the world.

But then everything changed Tuesday.

Hamlin won bronze in women's singles luge, becoming the first American (man or woman) to ever medal in the event. Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner finished 1-2 for Germany, but Hamlin's bronze will go down as one of the biggest moments in USA Luge history.

Hamlin will definitely be a name to remember now.'s Wayne Drehs and The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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