Erin Hamlin of the United States celebrates winning bronze medal in the Women's Luge Singles on Day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: America wins first US medal in singles luge

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Natalie Geisenberger won the Olympic gold medal in women's luge, easily prevailing Tuesday to grab Germany's fifth straight in the event and doing so by an enormous margin.

German teammate Tatjana Huefner won the silver and Erin Hamlin won the bronze, the first singles luge medal ever for the United States.

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Geisenberger finished four runs in 3 minutes, 19.768 seconds. She topped Huefner by 1.139 seconds, the second-largest winning margin in Olympic women's luge history.

Hamlin was another 0.236 seconds back for the bronze.

It was the first time in Olympic women's luge history that three world champions swept the medals. Geisenberger won in 2013, Huefner four times from 2007 through 2012, and Hamlin in 2009.

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