Summer Britcher finishes 15th in women's singles luge at Olympics

Summer Britcher, the Baltimore-born teenager, finished in 15th place in the women's singles luge event as her American teammate made history.

Britcher, 19, ended with a time of 3 minutes, 24.143 seconds after her four runs, which was 4.38 seconds behind gold medal winner Natalie Geisenberger of Germany (3:19.768).

The United States' Erin Hamlin, meanwhile, won the bronze after finishing in a time of 3:21.145, becoming the first American singles luger to ever medal at the Olympics.

Germany's Tatjana Huefner took the silver medal in a time of 3:20.907. Kate Hansen, the United States' third participant in the event, placed 10th with a time of 3:22.667.

Mark Grimmette, director of the USA Luge Sport Program, said before the Olympics about Britcher's expectations that, "finishing in the top 10 [in Sochi] would be great for her; finishing in the top 15 would be a solid result."

Britcher, a 19-year-old who now lives in Glen Rock, Pa., smiled after her second run Monday, a grin so wide and so sincere that one would be hard pressed to find a more content nonmedalist in the Caucasus Mountains.

“It’s the Olympics,” she said, laughing. “Of course, I’m happy.”

Baltimore Sun reporter Mike Klingaman and Tribune Olympic bureau reporter Stacy St. Clair contributed to this article.

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