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American Hamlin 3rd heading into final luge run

<p>No American has ever medaled in luge singles at the Olympics.</p>

Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - No American has ever medaled in luge singles at the Olympics.

Erin Hamlin is in a great position to become the first.

Hamlin, 27, was in third place after the first two runs on Monday at Sanki Sliding Center and posted a time of 50.165 seconds on Tuesday during her third run to remain in third with a total time of 2 minutes, 30.797 seconds.

Competing in her third Olympics, Hamlin is .355 seconds ahead of Canada's Alex Gough. Gough's compatriot, Kimberley McRae, occupies fifth place.

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger, the 2010 bronze medalist, has the lead after recording a time of 49.765 seconds for her third run. She has an overall time of 2:29.579, giving her a comfortable lead of 1.049 seconds over countrywoman and reigning Olympic champion Tatjana Huefner.

Huefner sits .169 seconds ahead of Hamlin after posting a third-run time of 50.048 seconds.

Kate Hansen, the 21-year-old American whose pre-run dancing warmup has drawn attention online, remained in 10th place following her third run.

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