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North American lugers make Olympic history

Erin Hamlin
Erin HamlinAlexander Hassenstein, Getty Images

According to CBC Sports, three North American lugers made Olympic history in the women's luge competition on Tuesday.

American Erin Hamlin of Remsen, New York became the first American all-time to win an individual medal in luge. When Hamlin posted a four run time of 3:21.145, she moved into the first place in the women's luge competition temporarily, but was later passed by German greats Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Hufner, and had to settle for bronze.

Prior to Hamlin, the United States won the silver and bronze medal in men's doubles luge at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

It was also an historic day for Canadian luge as both Alex Gough of Calgary and Kim McRae of Calgary, both finished in the top five, with Gough fourth and McRae fifth. Prior to Tuesday, the best fnish ever for a Canadian luger at the Olympic Winter Games was seventh, a feat accomplished by Sam Edney of Calgary in men's luge at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and matched by Marie-Claude Doyon of Princeville, Quebec in women's luge at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.