Winter Games Athletes
Hamlin is making her third consecutive Olympic appearance, having placed 16th in Vancouver in 2010 and 12th in Turin. She will be hard pressed to break the German stranglehold for a medal in women's singles, but was a steady performer on the World Cup circuit this season with eight top-10 finishes in nine starts. Hamlin's best singles finish came in the season-ending event at Sigulda, Latvia, narrowly missing a spot on the podium and placing fourth. That also secured a sixth-place overall finish in the World Cup standings _ securing her status as the top American by edging Kate Hansen. In the team relay, Hamlin has had three top-five finishes in as many starts for the United States in the World Cup season, placing fourth in Igls and Whistler before ending up fifth in Konigssee, Germany.