October 11, 2014

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) Erin Hamlin of the United States won the season-opening Lillehammer Cup luge race Saturday, edging Germany's Julia Orlamuender to take the preseason event.

Hamlin, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, finished two runs in 1 minute, 37.643 seconds. Orlamuender was 0.094 seconds back for second, with Italy's Andrea Voetter third and Julia Clukey of the U.S. placing fourth.

The Lillehammer Cup is an unofficial event that capped a week of preseason training for sliders from several nations.

Dominik Fischnaller of Italy topped Latvia's Kristaps Maurins by 0.001 seconds to win the men's race in 1:40.118. For the U.S., Tucker West was sixth and Chris Mazdzer was 16th.

In doubles, the Latvian team of Andris Sics and Juris Sics prevailed in 1:36.837. Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman were seventh for the U.S.

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