The U.S. Olympic team needed some good news after Shaun White’s disappointing loss in the snowboarding halfpipe, and that good news came in the form of Erin Hamlin. On Feb. 11, the 27-year-old luger became the first American in history to medal in the event — 50 years after its debut.
Erin Hamlin‘s name has officially made its way to the history books. The luger snagged the bronze during her Feb. 11 women’s singles event, making her the first U.S. Olympian to ever take home a singles luge medal.
Erin Hamlin: U.S. Olympic Luger Wins Bronze & Makes History
USA! USA! USA!
That’s what we’d be chanting if we were in Sochi, but thankfully we’re in an area that has working toilets, so we’ll just write it here. Erin may not have won gold during her luge event — that honor went to Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger —but taking home the bronze was still (obviously) a major accomplishment. The U.S. has never won a medal in the singles luge throughout its long 50-year history as an Olympic sport, which sounds bad until you remember that only four other countries — Germany, Italy, Austria, and the former Soviet Union — have achieved the honor of standing on that podium. Though now, with Erin’s win, the typically underfunded luge program might bring in more money, and more money leads to more resources for athletes and their coaches.
The Germans, meanwhile, continued their luge connoisseur streak by also nabbing silver in the event. Tatjana Hufner took home the medal, bringing Germany’s Olympic luge medal count to 31 out of a possible 42. Maybe it’s something in the bratwurst?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Were you impressed by Erin’s win?
— Shaunna Murphy