Erin Hamlin Puts Remsen New York on the Map in NBC Olympic Feature
Until Erin Hamlin made history, becoming the first American to medal in an Olympic Luge event, no one had heard of Remsen, New York never mind find it on a map. As she competes for another medal at the 2018 Games in South Korea, more attention to being brought to the tiny upstate, New York town.
Before Hamlin hit the luge track, NBC highlighted the small town she left in 2014 as an Olympic hopeful and returned to a parade fit for a champion. "It was freezing cold out and people were still lining the streets waiting to wave. It was really special," Hamlin remembers.
Most central New Yorkers know Remsen may be small but it has a lot to offer. From the Grassy Cow, who has the BEST cheese curd by the way and the Soda Fountain, who has the best Erin Hamlin sundae. "It's a pretty awesome thing," says Hamlin. "It has oreos, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter cups, vanilla ice cream."
The most important thing Remsen has to offer is the people who call it home. "My whole community is built around hard work," explains Hamlim. "There's a lot of farmers, a lot of laborers. Sometimes people from a small town feel more like the underdog, but the work ethic I was taught to have groomed me to be a successful athlete. To be able to represent that on a bigger stage, to show that's the type of people that are here, that's pretty amazing."
Hamlin is in good position to add to her medal collection, sitting in 5th place after her first 2 runs. The final 2 runs take place Tuesday at 5:30 & 7:30am.
Watch the feature at NBCOlympics.com