Mohawk Valley native Erin Hamlin has become the first American to win an Olympic medal in singles luge.
Hamlin slid to a third place finish and a bronze medal today at the winter games in Sochi, Russia.
It was her third time completing in the Olympics. She was world champion in 2009, but she had finished out of the top 10 at the last two games.
The 27-year-old is from Remsen, N.Y., about 20 miles north of Utica.
"I'm sure everyone at home is going crazy," Hamlin told the Associated Press, "and I can't wait to get home to see them."