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Hannah Miller on Luge: "I fell in love with every aspect of the sport."

By ALLISON NORLIAN

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The next luge Olympian may come out of Central New York. Hannah Miller, a 16-year-old girl from Rome hopes to follow in her predecessor, Erin Hamlin's footsteps. Miller's goal is to win a medal in the 2018 Olympics.

The road to an Olympic victory is not easy. Since the age of 12, Miller has lived eight months out of the year away from home. She's either living and training in Lake Placid or traveling the world practicing luge. Her days are jam-packed. If she's not practicing her luge runs, she can be found in the weight room or studying for an exam. 

Miller said the strenuous commitment to luge doesn't bother her because her eye is on the prize, " My aspirations, I mean, I want to do my best I guess. I fell in love with every aspect of the sport. I love the speed, the fact that I have full control over the sled. I knew right from the get-go it was something I wanted to do with my life."

Hannah Miller is an active junior luger training in Lake Placid. She discovered the sport after her mother saw an ad in the paper about a "slider search" for luge in Utica in 2009. Amy Miller, Hannah's mother, thought she was taking her 12-year-old daughter for a fun educational activity and soon realized it was a luge recruitment event. Hannah became addicted to the sport.

Currently, Hannah's goal is to make the junior-national team, but her long-term goal is to win a medal in the 2018 Olympics.  

"She's a good slider and of course I look up to her," Miller said about Erin Hamlin, "But in the long run, I want to beat her I guess."
 

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