Remsen's Erin Hamlin to test track in Pyeongchang

Erin Hamlin is set to test the track she will compete on come Monday. This week will be spent familiarizing herself with the track and making adjustment if necessary.

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 10:37 PM
Updated: Feb. 9, 2018 8:41 AM

Erin Hamlin is set to test the track she will compete on come Monday. This week will be spent familiarizing herself with the track and making adjustment if necessary.

In a Skype interview with WKTV Hamlin said she was most concerned about curve 9 on the track. She calls curve 9 a beast.

"It’s pretty much the trickiest part for me personally," Hamlin said. "We did figure a lot of stuff out in the fall when we were training so hopefully it’s built similar. The ice profiles can sometimes change a little bit, but I can’t imagine they make it any more difficult. So hopefully it’s consistent and we can pick up where we left off at the fall."

This year's winter Olympics may set a new record for being the coldest since the 1994 games in Norway. Temperatures are hovering around 14-degrees by day and negative 20 at night.

In Pyeongchang, big coats, gloves and good shoes are a must to face the cold, but for the athletes cold temperatures are good news as the snow and the courses remain stable throughout the competition.

"Yeah, you know we are winter sports so the cold conditions are what our sports work best in, especially for luge," Hamlin said. "The track will maintain its conditions so as the start list goes dow, the conditions should stay the same. Personally my equipment runs best in the cold."

Hamlin did admit, sometimes the cold can get to you. "There’s a point where it’s too cold and it’s not so fun to be in spandex."

Hamlin said she's looking forward to seeing her family, who arrive in Pyeongchang on Thursday.

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