Here is a look at the first day of the women's singles luge competition, which saw Natalie Geisenberger take a commanding lead in Sochi. American Erin Hamlin, who is in third place, will enter Sunday's competition with the chance to win the United States its first-ever medal in a luge event.
The second luger to race, the German favorite posted a time of 49.891. That time was the fastest recorded in the first run of competition.
Making her Olympic debut, Kate Hansen was tenth after the first two runs.
Russia's Tatyana Ivanova was fourth after the first run but slipped to seventh after the second run.
Remsen, N.Y. native Erin Hamlin took second place after the first run, finishing .037 seconds faster than Germany's Tatjana Huefner.
Summer Britcher finished in 15th place after the first two runs.