The Women's Luge event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has concluded. Germany's Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner snagged the gold and silver medals, respectively, while U.S.' Erin made history after placing third, the first medal that U.S. has ever won in the said competition.
Winner Germany's Natalie Geisenberger (C), second-placed compatriot Tatjana Huefner (L) and Erin Hamlin of the U.S. celebrate on a podium after the women's singles luge event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Have a look at the list at the top 10 finishers of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Women's Singles Luge
Place Country Athlete Total Time
1 Germany Natalie Geisenberger 3:19.768
2 Germany Tatjana Huefner 3:20.907
3 U.S. Erin Hamlin 3:21.145
4 Canada Alex Gough 3:21.578
5 Canada Kimberley McRae 3:21.895
6 Germany Anke Wischnewski 3:21.960
7 Russia Tatyana Ivanova 3:22.006
8 Russia Natalia Khoreva 3:22.067
9 Switzerland Martina Kocher 3:22.166
10 U.S. Kate Hansen 3:22.667
Geisenberger defeated her teammate, Huefner, who was the gold medalist in the 2010 Olympics, by 1.139 seconds. It was the second-largest winning margin of Women's Luge competition in the history of Olympics, Sporting News reported. According to the Web site, this is the first time that three world champions won the medals in the history of the said event. Hamlin won in 2009, Huefner won four times from 2007 to 2012, and Geisenberger won in 2013.
Germany's Natalie Geisenberger celebrates after winning the women's luge singles competition during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Geisenberger was happy with how she performed in the competition. "Runs one, two, and three were nearly perfect," Geisenberger told ESPN. "The last one was a little bit, wasn't perfect, but it was good enough," she added.
Hamlin finished her run 0.236 seconds behind Huefner. She was extremely blissful for such accomplishment, not only for her career, but for her country as well.
Third-placed Erin Hamlin of the U.S. celebrates after the women's singles luge event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
"I'm stoked," said Hamlin. She had to wriggle with a new start after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when officials became stringent after a tragic training accident that claimed the life of Republic of Georgia's Nodar Kumaritashvili.
"I was really disappointed, and I knew that's not how I wanted my Olympic legacy to end," Hamlin said. She said that winning in the event, even at third place, is super motivating to her. She said that Luge isn't really big sport in the U.S., and she is optimistic that her victory will somehow give it a lift.
"Hopefully, this gives it a boost."
"I'm happy to pave the way to the future." Hamlin said that she was really glad to become the instrument so that the sport will be noticed. "We get a little more attention, some more funding so we can spread the numbers and get a lot more kids involved," she said.