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2014 Olympic results: Luger Erin Hamlin makes U.S. history

Team USA's Erin Hamlin celebrates her bronze medal win in women's luge at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
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Erin Hamlin of the United States made history on Feb. 11 by finishing third in the women's luge event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Hamlin's bronze represents the first medal ever won by an American singles luger at a Winter Games.

After the first two runs, which took place on Feb. 10, Hamlin sat in third place behind Vancouver bronze and gold medalists Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner, both of Germany. The top three held their positions through Feb. 11's third and fourth runs, with Geisenberger posting a winning cumulative time of 3:19.768 to Hamlin's 3:21.145.

Following the event, the 27-year old former world champion in luge told reporters that earning a medal was a "big goal" and that her 16th place finish at the Vancouver Olympics was "super motivating" when it came to preparing for Sochi.

Later in the day, Hamlin hit Twitter to address fans, tweeting "140 characters isn't nearly enough. I love you all. This is amazing!!!!!!!!! #Sochi2014."

Luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics continues Feb. 12 with the doubles event, and concludes Feb. 13 with the all-new team relay, which will feature one male, one female, and one doubles sled from each nation working together to post the lowest combined slide time.