Delaney: Hamlin still on track for Vancouver
Entering the season Hamlin was pre-qualified for Whistler, the Olympic track outside of Vancouver that will host the luge competition in February. She needed a top-five finish in one of the first four fall races to secure her place on the Olympic team.
The short track in Igls looked to be her best best to do that. Hamlin had her World Cup series-best fourth place in Igls last year. She said in October she was glad the track was a stop in the first half of the season.
As the reigning World Champion and top American female singles slider, Hamlin is very much in contention for a spot on the U.S. team. She has two top nine finishes in the first two races of the season. She was seventh in Calgary in the season opening race and the ninth in Igls. Those results keep her on the USA Luge priority ladder to get to the Olympics.
She has two more fall series races to complete her pre-qualified status and get to Vancouver the easy way. World Cup series racing continues Dec. 5-6 in Altenberg, Germany and Dec. 12-13 in Lillehammer, Norway. Hamlin has not raced in Lillehammer in several years but finished second there as a junior.
Should she fail to get a top five at either of those races, Hamlin would have to wait until later in the year to be named to the Olympic team. Her results this season are the best among American women, and so it seems hard to imagine she won't get a spot.