The USA Luge Slider Search is exactly how Erin Hamlin got started the sport almost 17 years ago and is now she's a three-time Olympian and the first female American luger to medal at any Winter Olympics. 

The USA Luge Slider Search is the official nationwide athlete recruitment tour of USA Luge, targeting young athletes, ages 9-13. This event is an opportunity for athletes to be apart the USA Luge Junior Development Team and hopefully, one day, represent the USA just like Erin Hamlin.

Julian Finney/Getty Images

The Slider Search will be in Lake Placid, NY, Thursday, August 18 from 10am-12p and 2p-4p and again on Sunday, October 2 from 10a-12p and 2p-4p.

According to TeamUSA.Org:

Each participant need only register for one 2 or 3-hour clinic. Register by phone at 1-800-USA-LUGE, or register online through our secure store site. The Clinics are free. A cool Slider Search T-Shirt is your gift for attending...To receive information for a future clinic, please e-mail us your name, address, phone number, gender, date of birth, height, weight and clinic you wish to attend at, or call 1-800-USA-LUGE.  To Register for a listed clinic, click on the link.  Slider Search Registration

Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

MORE: Reaction of Customers When They Realize Breakfast is Free