Luge action at the 2014 Sochi Olympics continued Feb. 10 with the first half of the women's event. With two of four runs complete, American Erin Hamlin sits in third place behind leader and 2010 bronze medalist Natalie Geisenberger of Germany. Geisenberger's teammate Tatjana Huefner, the Vancouver Games gold medalist, is ranked second.
Hamlin, a three-time Olympian who finished 16th at the 2010 Vancouver Games, began the competition in fine fashion, notching a second-best time of 50.356 for the first run. Her second run was even faster at 50.276, but she dropped to third overall when Huefner posted a quicker time. Hamlin's total time of 1:40.632 entering the Feb. 11 final runs trails that of Geisenberger by .818.
Kate Hansen and Summer Britcher, the other two Americans competing in women's luge, are ranked 10th and 16th.
No American singles athlete --male or female-- has ever won an Olympic medal in luge, which debuted as an Olympic sport at the 1964 Games in Innsbruck, so Hamlin will make history if she's able to hold on to her position.