With chants of “USA! USA! USA!” from the home crowd echoing at the finish line, Erin Hamlin won the World Cup luge women’s singles race on Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y., leading a sweep of the podium by the United States.
Emily Sweeney finished second and Summer Britcher was third in the sweep, which was the first in singles by the United States team. It also was Hamlin’s first gold medal in a two-heat World Cup singles event.
Hamlin eclipsed her own track record with a time of 43.912 seconds on her first run and followed with a solid second run to finish in 1 minute 27.961 seconds. Sweeney finished 0.175 of a second behind, and Britcher slid past the German star Natalie Geisenberger to take the bronze.
The podium finishes were the first in the World Cup for Sweeney and Britcher.
AUSTRIAN WINS SUPER-G The Austrian technical specialist Marcel Hirscher had a surprising victory in a World Cup super-G race in snowy conditions at Beaver Creek, Colo., holding off the Americans Ted Ligety and Andrew Weibrecht.