Following the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next year, Erin Hamlin will retire from the sport of Luge. The Remsen native made the announcement in Germany on Sunday after she qualified for her 4th Olympic USA Luge team.

A fourth place finish yesterday at the Winterberg World Cup officially punched her ticket for a fourth and final Olympics. Hamlin won a bronze medal in 2014 in Sochi and she hopes to bring home more hardware.

Hamlin needed a top five finish in order to qualify for competition in South Korea. Hamlin said,

That was the only thing I was thinking about. And after last weekend, where I would normally have a way better shot – I have more consistent results in Igls – I was a lot disappointed from that. So to be able to hold it together for two runs was very much on my mind. They were not my best runs here, but good enough for what I wanted to accomplish today. So I was very relieved after my second run. Coming up and seeing a ‘1’, that was a huge weight off my shoulders, and I could not be happier.

Hamlin and her teammate, Cameron Myler, are the USA Luge career leaders among women for most Olympic appearances with four.

Hamlin will join us on First News with Keeler in the Morning on Tuesday morning. She is currently traveling in Europe will the USA Luge team.

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