U.S. women notch unprecedented luge World Cup sweep


The U.S. women’s luge team swept a World Cup podium for the first time, defeating the mighty Germans in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday.

Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin notched her first career non-sprint World Cup win, breaking the track record in her first of two runs. She was followed by Emily Sweeney and Summer Britcher.

“This was just the one last check in the career,” Hamlin said, according to The Associated Press.

Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger was fourth. It’s been at least 18 years since a major international women’s luge podium (Olympics, World Championships, World Cup) didn’t include at least one German, when Germany sent its best lugers.

Hamlin became the second U.S. woman to win a non-sprint World Cup luge race since 1997, joining Olympic teammate Kate Hansen, who topped the podium in the final World Cup of the 2013-14 season before the Sochi Olympics.

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