Erin Hamlin of Remsen wins the gold medal at the Luge World Championships last Friday in Lake Placid. It was a historic day for USA Luge and an upset victory over the mighty Germans.

Erin Hamlin On Top of the Luge World

Erin Hamlin, a 22-year-old from Remsen, NY, north of Utica, made sports history last Friday, Feb. 6, in the 41st Luge World Championships in Lake Placid.
Hamlin became the first American woman to ever win a gold medal in luge and she did it with a record slide of 1 minute,22 seconds on her home course at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
Luge officials are calling it a "miracle on ice," because Hamlin snapped the Germans' 99-race win streak dating back to 1997. She was also the first non-German to win since 1993.
USA Luge's men's doubles team of Mark Grimmette-Brian Martin won a bronze medal on Friday in the World Championships, giving the USA two medals for the first time in a luge event.
Hamlin was ranked sixth in the world entering the World Championships. She will now carry the title of wold champion to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, next February.

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