Erin Hamlin finished fifth in a World Cup luge race to secure her third Olympic berth on Saturday night.
Hamlin, 27, of Remsen, N.Y., is the second USA Luger to clinch a spot in Sochi, joining now two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer.
Hamlin is now a three-time Olympian. The 2009 world champion finished 12th in Torino and 16th in Vancouver.
“It’s really nice to get that out of the way,” said Hamlin, who fist-pumped after finishing her race in Whistler, B.C. “It’s like a weight off the shoulders a little bit. So, big relief.”
Hamlin is the first U.S. women’s luger to make three Olympic teams since Cammy Myler, who made four from 1988-98. No U.S. woman has ever won an Olympic luge medal.
The rest of the USA Luge Olympic Team is expected to be finalized after next weekend’s World Cup stop in Park City, Utah.
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But never fear: We have curling.
The sport with the frenzied sweeping and clacking rocks has rules that literally require players to treat opponents with kindness. Referees aren’t needed, because curlers police themselves. And the winners generally buy the losers a beer.
At the Pyeongchang Olympics, curlers and their fans agree: In an era of vitriol and venom, curling may be the perfect antidote to our troubled times.
“Nobody gets hit — other than the rock,” laughed Evelyne Martens of Calgary, Canada, as she watched a recent Canada vs. Norway curling match. “And there’s nothing about Trump here!”
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It’s been nine months since Steven Holcomb died.
USA Bobsled is not over it, not by any stretch of the imagination.
Holcomb was the best bobsledder in U.S. history, and he was supposed to be at these PyeongChang Olympics for what likely would have been the final races of his career. Instead, the Americans will head to the start house at the Alpensia Sliding Center on Sunday for the first bobsled races of these games and face the nearly impossible task of doing as well as he would have done.
This season has been one struggle after another for the Americans. Nerves have been frayed all year. Results have been far from what the U.S. wanted or envisioned. Getting a third men’s sled to PyeongChang was a challenge until the final possible moment, something that certainly would not have been the case if Holcomb was still driving.
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