(WKTV) - After finishing in 3rd place in the Women's singles luge at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Tuesday, Erin Hamlin became the first American to ever reach the podium in the event.
In her third Olympic games, Hamlin made history by winning the bronze medal, the first for the United States in the event. The 2009 World Champion now has yet another accomplishment to add to her storied career, and this one may be the biggest.
However, before making history in the 2014 Olympics, Hamlin had to settle for a disappointing 16th place finish in Vancouver in 2010, and a 12th place finish in her first Olympics in 2006 at Torino.
These experiences gave her the tools that she needed to become successful the third time around, and only made her work harder in order to fulfill a lifelong dream.
Click on the video above for a look back into the career of Olympic bronze medalist, Erin Hamlin, and her path to Olympic history!
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