REMSEN, N.Y.-- The families of two local Olympians celebrated the kick-off of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The family of TEAM USA slider Erin Hamlin celebrated the athlete's final Olympic games at The Soda Fountain in Remsen. The 31-year-old has won a bronze medal in the Olympics for women's luge, in addition to top titles in the Worlds Championship.
Though this is the Remsen native's last Olympics, the North Country also celebrated the beginning of another hometown athlete's Olympic career.
22-year old Maddie Phaneuf, of Old Forge, will compete in her first Olympic games this year. Phaneuf has competed in the biathlon World Cup and has participated in the sport since the age of 15.
Phaneuf's family said Hamlin's parents have accepted them into the family-like atmosphere of the local Olympic spirit.
"Erin Hamlin for years has been on the Olympic team, and Old Forge has adopted her as one of our own, so you know we're always excited when Erin is going to the Olympics and doing well ," Janine Phaneuf, Maddie's mother said. "Now that Maddie's on the Olympic team this year, the community of Remsen is cheering for her and has invited her and included us in this event."