Staff and Wire Reports
WINTERBERG, Germany — Remsen’s Erin Hamlin raced to a silver medal in team relay competition and also captured seventh place in the women’s singles event on Sunday in World Cup action.
The team of Hamlin and men’s singles luger Chris Mazdzer combined with the doubles sled of Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman to place second.
The Americans finished behind the winning German foursome of Anke Wischnewski, Felix Loch, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, which locked up the season-long World Cup title with 470 points. It was their third win in five attempts, as they mathematically clinched the title.
The U.S. silver medal surpassed a pair of fifth-place results earlier in the season, and elevated the U.S. to fourth place in the World Cup standings with 295 points. It was the team’s best World Cup team relay effort since a victory in Lake Placid on Nov. 17, 2007, courtesy of Hamlin, Tony Benshoof, Niccum and Dan Joye.
Hamlin also slid to a seventh-place finish in women’s singles competition, with a two-heat time of 1:55.415. Germany’s Corinna Martini captured her first career victory on her home track at 1:54.543. Her German teammates Tatjana Huefner, the overall World Cup leader, was second in 1:54.710, and Natalie Geisenberger claimed third in 1:54.857.
Hamlin improved to sixth in the overall rankings with 251 points. Huefner’s World Cup leading total stands at 540 points, Geisenberger is second at 465 and Canadian Alex Gough, fifth on Sunday, is third at 415.