USA Luge’s Hamlin Fifth at Luge World Cup Finale
World Cup finale on the 2010 Olympic track, in Whistler, Canada
WHISTLER, Canada—- There were the Germans and then there was USA Luge’s Erin Hamlin (Remsen, N.Y.). German sliders took the top four spots in Friday’s, Feb. 20, women’s singles luge World Cup finale on the 2010 Olympic track, in Whistler, Canada, with Hamlin close behind… fifth.
“I’m really happy with my result and I feel like I’m peaking at the right time,” said Hamlin, who stopped Germany’s 99-international race winning streak two weeks ago when she won the world championship crown in Lake Placid, N.Y. “I did want to finish up the World Cup season with a medal, but I can’t be disappointed. I slid well this season and I finished strong, hopefully it’ll carry over to next season.”
Hamlin suffered a right foot injury during training yesterday, but bounced back and raced through the 10 curves of next February’s Olympic course in a two-run time of one minute, 39.031 seconds.
“My foot really didn\‘t bother me at all, it didn’t have any effect on my sliding tonight,” remarked the 22-year-old, who complete the nine-race series sixth overall, with 369 points.
Natalie Geisenberger, Tatjana Huefner, Anke Wischnewski and Steffi Sieger went 1 through 4. Geisenberger won both heats and set two track records en route to a total time of 1:38.012. Huefner raced to a two-heat total of 1:38.369, while Wischnewski claimed bronze in 1:38.612. Sieger finished just off the podium with a total time of 1:38.709.
Despite her silver medal finish, Huefner clinched her second overall series crown, with 855 points, while Geisenberger finished second, with 785. Wischnewski closed out the season as the series’ overall bronze medalist, with 592 points.
Americans Anastasia Young (Merrick, N.Y.) and Ashley Walden (Westborough, Mass.) were 21st and 22nd, respectively. Young completed her two runs in 1:40.520, while Walden clocked a total time of 1:40.581.
Two U.S. sleds found their way into the top-10 in Friday’s doubles series finale. Mark Grimmette (Muskegon, Mich.) and Brian Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) captured a team-best seventh-place finish, while Christian Niccum (Woodinville, Wash.) and Dan Joye (Carmel, N.Y.) were 10th.
Grimmette and Martin, the 2009 Worlds bronze medalists, posted a total time of 1:38.007, while Niccum and Joye stopped the clock in 1:38.346. Fellow Americans Matt Mortensen (Huntington Station, N.Y.) and Preston Griffall (Salt Lake City, Utah) crashed during their second run, but were not hurt.
Germany’s Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich won the final race of the season and slid past the 17-sled field in 1:37.584. Their teammates, Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch, claimed silver, in 1:37.624, while Austria’s Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger came away with the race’s bronze medal and a combined time of 1:37.731.
Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber won the season’s overall title, with 735 points, while Leitner and Resch finished second, 106 points back. The Lingers finished third overall, with 590 points, while Grimmette and Martin closed out the international racing season with 371 points, enough for eighth place.
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