Erin Hamlin up to two bronze metals in three total races

By ANDREW DONOVAN

CALGARY, ALBERTA (WKTV) - Remsen-native Erin Hamlin won another bronze late Friday, after moving her way up from a fifth place finish in the first heat. The slide came on a brutally cold night, with temperatures in single digits and the wind chill at -9 degrees.

The 24-yaer-old Hamlin is a two-time Olympian and defending world champion. This was her second bronze metal this season.

The fickle Calgary weather turned ice conditions harder with each competitor; the ability to steer the sled precisely was crucial to standing on the podium.

“The ice conditions were a roll of the dice for everyone,” said Hamlin. “It got so much colder here the past few days that I didn’t know what was going to happen, even with myself. I haven’t had the best history here, and coming into the week, my training was hit or miss, but not terrible. It was pretty unknown, to be honest, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

Assistant coach Bill Tavares elaborated further. “That’s why Erin is Erin. People were panicking, but she holds her composure. She doesn’t give up; she’s a fighter.”

Thus far this season, Tatyana Huefner of Germany can’t be beaten. And Erin Hamlin of the United States can’t be kept off the podium, even when she is fifth after the first heat. In winning for the third time in as many races on Friday evening in Calgary, Alberta, Huefner added to her World Cup lead in the overall standings.

In the second run, Hamlin fought through Canadian Alex Gough, who came to her home track a week after scoring a bronze medal in Winterberg, Germany. Gough struggled in the finale, skidding in curve eight, and wound up seventh.
Next it was Natalie Geisenberger, of Germany, second to Huefner in the overall World Cup standings and winner of the 2010 Olympic bronze medal. Hamlin hurdled her, too, sending the German to fourth place, .03 from the American.
Huefner, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist, won her 24th career World Cup race, doing so on the 1988 Olympic track. Her two runs, the fastest of each leg, were clocked in 46.814 and 46.844 seconds for a total of 1 minute, 33.658 seconds.

 

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