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Hamlin, West, Mortensen-Terdiman win USA Luge seeding races

From FOX Sports - October 13, 2017

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP)Erin Hamlin, Tucker West and the doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman got their Olympic seasons off to winning starts.

They all prevailed in USA Luges first seeding race of the season on Friday, winning on the 2010 Olympic track. Hamlin had the fastest time in both womens runs, West won again at a place where he grabbed a World Cup gold last season and Mortensen and Terdiman were easy doubles victors.

Hamlin, a two-time world champion and the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, has already clinched a spot on USA Luges World Cup team. But she said waking up to fresh snow in western Canada on Friday left her energized, and that showed in the results, and she had the fastest time in each heat.

Her combined two-run time was 1 minute, 18.283 seconds. Emily Sweeney finished in 1:18.408 and Summer Britcher was third in 1:18.420.

Its so fun to race, Hamlin said. We have days and days of double sessions and training. To be able to get all dressed up in race gear, and go out and have just a little bit of race feel is refreshing after a lot of weeks of training.

The seeding racesones follow later this month in Calgary, Alberta and then on USA Luges home track in Lake Placid, New Yorkwill help decide who represents the U.S. on the World Cup circuit when the season begins in November. Making the World Cup team is a prerequisite for making the Olympic team in luge.

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