The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea are just over two months away, and during the Thanksgiving season Olympic hopefuls are sharing the reasons why they’re thankful for their families.
As many of us are sitting down to the dinner table to relax, Remsen native Erin Hamlin has competition on her mind. Her luge performances over the next couple weeks are crucial as they will determine whether or not she secures a spot on the 2018 Olympic Team.
And for Hamlin, it’s not just her race and her times, or her wins and her losses – her family carries that weight, too.
“I have a big family. And they didn't really know what luge was,” Hamlin said. “And they jumped in blindly, full-on like, ‘Yep, we're gonna start going to Lake Placid and use our vacation time at work to go up there every year, and stand in the cold, and cheer you on, and see you go by for, like, a quarter of a second.’ Like, they were all about it. And that's been something that has been so cool.”
Hamlin’s mom, dad, brothers, aunt and fiancé will all make the trip to South Korea, as well as some friends.