Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Sliding Center Sanki, Rzhanaya Polyana
Date Started: February 10, 2014
Date Finished: February 11, 2014
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.
As in the menâs event, a German was the outstanding favourite, namely world champion [Natalie Geisenberger]. Geisenbergerâs dominance of the sport was such that she won 15 of the 19 races she had contested over last two seasons and had never placed outside the top two. She set the standard on the first run with the only time below 50 seconds (49.891), comfortably ahead of American [Erin Hamlin] , reigning champion [Tatjana HÃ¼fner] and [Tatyana Ivanova] of Russia. In the second run Hamlin and HÃ¼fner changed places, although Geisenberger was dominant, again posting the only sub-50 second time (49.923) to lead by a large margin (by luge standards) of 0.766 seconds over her countrywoman. Ivanova had a disappointing run to push her down to 7th but, also for the home nation, [Natalja Khoreva] was fourth fastest and moved up to 4th place.
The third and fourth runs were more of the same, Geisenberger, HÃ¼fner and Hamlin setting the three fastest times in each run and finally finishing in that order. Again Geisenberger went under 50 seconds in her third run (49.765) and, by her standards, had a conservative fourth run of 50.189. Her margin of victory over second placed HÃ¼fner was a staggering (by luge standards) 1.139 seconds, with the American a further 0.238 second behind. For Hamlin, this was the first ever medal won by a woman luger from the United States.
|3||Erin Hamlin||27||United States||USA||Bronze||3:21.145|
|10||Kate Hansen||21||United States||USA||3:22.667|
|15||Summer Britcher||19||United States||USA||3:24.143|
|24||Vendula KotenovÃ¡||19||Czech Republic||CZE||3:26.675|
|29||Seong Eun-Ryeong||21||South Korea||KOR||3:28.743|