The 2018 Winter Olympics are finally here so we think it’s only fair that you get to know some of the awesome athletes representing the U.S. this year in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
If you plan on tuning in Friday, you’ll want to get to know four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin. Not only is Hamlin the first female American luger to medal at the Winter Olympics, she’s the first American of either gender to medal in singles competition. At just 27-years-old, Hamlin made history when she took home the singles bronze medal in the Sochi’s 2014 Winter Olympics. This feat was deemed as potentially the greatest moment in U.S. luge history! Talk about #CareerGoals!
After just five years of racing Hamlin won 10 medals by 2004! She raced in the Junior World Cups and the Junior World Championships. She placed 7th at the World Cups thus making her a junior national luge champion when she competed as a member of the U.S. Junior National Team.
Hamlin represented the United States again for the second time at the 2006 Olympic Games in Italy and for a third time in 2010 at the Olympic Games in Canada.
In 2009 Hamlin placed 1st at the FIL World Luge Championships. This marked the first time in 99 races that a German woman was not the top finisher.
In 2014 Hamlin’s hard work earned her a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Russia.
In 2017 she earned the silver medal at the 2017 World Championship, the World Champion in the sprint discipline, and the silver medalist as a lead leg in the team relay.
She’s earned four World Cup victories and 23 World Cup medals. An exceptional accomplishment for the 31-year-old New Hartford native.
Hamlin has said that she plans on retiring after she competes in her fourth Winter Olympics this year in South Korea. “I can now officially, officially say that I’m done,” she’s said.”Done. Now that I’m qualified I can say that I’m out.”
Hamlin was selected as the U.S. Flag Bearer in the Opening Ceremony and received some backlash.