It was another packed house in the Remsen High School cafeteria as they watched Erin Hamlin hit the track for her third and fourth runs of the 2018 Winter Olympics. While Erin did not medal, she's still a winner in the hearts of all of Remsen and central New York.
From the beginning, her teachers knew she was destined for greatness.
"You knew that she was gonna go somewhere," said family friend and Erin's former teacher Greg Roos. "She's that perfect combination of determination, of hard work, and just positive attitude that you knew she was gonna be successful no matter what she did."
Right at the forefront, the entire village has seen her grow along the way.
"When she won the Junior National Championships as an 11th grader, 16 years old, I happened to have had a swatch with the Olympic rings on it," said family friend and Erin's former French teacher Jody Roos. "When she came back, we'd seen her race, I took it off, I gave it a smooch and said 'you go honey!' And she did, four times."
Her luge career may have come to end but the pride the community has for her will never waver.
"Her whole career flashed right there when she was coming down," said Mayor Marty Flint. "All I could think of was for the last 16 years how one person has dedicated half of their life to the sport, so you feel that in your emotion when you're cheering her on."
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