The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are in full swing and team USA’s young stars are heating things up! In collegiate athletics important victories are referred to as “program wins.” Tuesday USA had its own “program win” when Erin Hamlin not only took bronze in Women’s Luge, but also made history! Hamlin became the first American to earn an Olympic medal in singles luge, this coming after her disappointing finish in the 2010 Winter Olympics. In a span of 50.348 seconds Hamlin was flawless, crossing the finish line with her name showing up in green. Despite having two racers left to go, the green guaranteed Hamlin at least a bronze. Single Luge was a sport dominated by Germany, and until Tuesday the USA had never stepped on the podium, men or women. “I’m stoked,” said Hamlin. “Who knew? I definitely pictured it. It was a big goal of mine!” What’s better than accomplishing a goal? We’d say making history in doing so is pretty good, right?
Hamlin, 27-year-old Adirondack, New York native, grew up in a small town called Remsen. Since her Olympic debut the support she’s gotten from home has been overwhelming. Not only has she become a hometown hero, but she’s become a role model, gaining more recognition for Luge throughout the USA. “She likes competition and doesn’t like to fail,” said Hamlin’s father, Ron Hamlin. “So when it doesn’t go her way, she’s going to keep fighting, keep pushing.” And so she did!
It takes a lot of motivation to come back from a disappointing loss, yet Hamlin did what any great competitor would do and came back earning what she deserved, and then some. By making history and showing not just Germany, but the World, that Team USA can compete at the Olympic Luge level, Erin Hamlin has made a mark on her sport and that is why she definitely Fits the Mark!
The Fitmark Team