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Welcome home, Erin Hamlin!

By ALLISON NORLIAN

REMSEN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Erin Hamlin is back in Remsen after competing and winning the bronze medal for luge in the 2014 Olympics held in Sochi, Russia.

Hamlin flew into Syracuse International Airport on Thursday, February 27 and made her way from Syracuse to Remsen with fans cheering along the way. Once she arrived in Remsen, the parade began.

Hundreds of Erin's friends, family members, neighbors and complete strangers came out to support the Remsen native. Signs were hung for Hamlin down State Route 12, along Main Street in Remsen and all around the community.

Fire trucks, police cars and American flags waving in the wind were all a part of the brigade bringing Erin back to her hometown. Cow bells could be heard from far and wide and Erin Hamlin sat on top of her own decorated float. She was accompanied by her family in the parade.

Cathy Martin of Remsen said, " I'm here to celebrate Erin and this is the type of community that is with someone in good times and bad."

" The last race she did I knew after she got, " said Kirsten Waterbury who was celebrating Erin Hamlin's return home."We were all so happy because we knew she was going to win and we were so happy, we had faith in her to win and get bronze and it was amazing."

After the parade a special presentation was held at Remsen High School for Erin.

Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente announced the day of February 11 as 'Erin Hamlin' day. Picente presented Erin with a plaque to go along with that bronze medal around her neck. She was also declared an honorary deputy sheriff.

Hamlin said she is beyond appreciative for the community's support, "People who come from a small town sometimes get counted out," she said. "A lot of times, people may not think they have the same opportunities or abilities to do something crazy and that's not true at all. Hopefully they can get out and do what they want and achieve something great as well."

Erin said about whether or not she will compete in the 2018 winter Olympics in Sochi, "If my body holds up. Four years is a long time! I'm not 19 anymore."

Hamlin plans to compete next year.

 

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