UTICA, N.Y. -- The first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the luge, won't be bringing home a second.

Erin Hamlin finished the women's singles event in 6th place Tuesday.

Her family and friends back home, cheered her on from the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica.

People showed up at 5 a.m. to watch the competition as it happened overseas.

Hamlin, a Remsen native, was in fifth place coming into her final two runs. She slipped to sixth, but family says they're still proud of everything she's accomplished over the course of her career.

"You really can't explain it, it's hard to explain, I get teary eyed thinking about it.  With the people here we are so proud of everything she’s done for 18 years,” said Ray Hamlin, Erin Hamlin's uncle.

"Hey we're just happy to have been a part of it, it’s been a great ride, she has brought a lot of people together from Remsen and the whole community and it’s been a pleasure,” said Dennis Corrigan, a family friend.

Before the games, Hamlin announced she would be retiring after these Olympics. But there's more excitement to come -- family says she's engaged to be married this summer.