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Ahead of final Olympics, New Yorker Erin Hamlin takes laid-back approach

Ahead of final Olympics, New Yorker Erin Hamlin takes laid-back approach

February 12, 2018 07:37 PM

After medaling and making history in the Sochi Olympics, Erin Hamlin has prepared for PyeongChang with an incredible year of performances. She won a gold and two silvers at the Luge World Championships, and also earned two World Cup wins.

At 31, Erin has already made plans to retire after PyeongChang. Earlier this year, we caught up with Hamlin, who has a laid back approach to her final Olympic appearance. From the small upstate town of Remsen, does she feel any pressure to perform? 

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"I don't think so, no," Hamlin says, "I definitely want to do well and I know the past couple of years my standards have been raised a little bit because my sliding has been going pretty well."

Sliding well is an understatement: in Sochi, she became the first American female luger to medal at the Olympics, and the first American of any gender to medal in singles competition when she won bronze.

Now, she just wants to enjoy the experience.

"I'm very excited. I can't wait to get there and to have the whole experience. I just want to go and have fun and know I slid how I am capable of, and if that ends up in a medal, that will be great... but if it doesn't, I'll still be happy." 

Hamlin is a native upstate New Yorker. Her hometown of Remsen is about a half-hour away from Utica. The 31-year-old has represented the United States and New York State in every Winter Olympics since 2006, and will do that again in Pyeongchang.

"I love New York State," she says, "I love being a New Yorker and I always will be. It's an honor to be able to represent my country and where I'm from, both state and right down to the town level. It's great and it's nice to be able to bring accolades to where I'm from."

And perhaps this year, one of those accolades will be gold. 

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