Remsen community shares pride for four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin

An entire community cheering from thousands of miles away, as Team USA Olympic luger Erin Hamlin's alma mater Remsen Junior-Senior High school, hosts early morning viewing parties for the competition in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Hamlin finished sixth overall in the Women's Luge Singles, but her family friends and former teachers say she has brought back so much more than the small village could have ever imagined.

Competing in her fourth and final Winter Olympics, Hamlin's fans packed the school's cafeteria to cheer her on as she took her final run on the world stage.

"You couldn't ask for a better ambassador for our little town in Central New York and the United States," said Jody Roos, a family friend and Hamlin's former French teacher.

Jody and her husband Greg have known Hamlin since she was four years old. As Hamlin grew up, she went from being their student to a babysitter for their own children to a World Champion and four-time Olympian. 

"I've been here for 30-plus years and there's never been anything like her as the cement that's really pulled us together," Greg shared. "It's that glue that's brought everyone...it's not just Remsen, it's a greater community."

Jody also credits Hamlin for creating friendships on Team USA's women's luge competitors. 

"Certainly, they're ferocious competitors, but they're friends now too and that wasn't so much the case before Erin came on the scene," Jody said.

The Roos family and others at her alma mater say they're proud of all Hamlin has achieved and can't wait to see what's next.

"I have a little tear because it's done, you know we've been watching her since she was so small," Jody shared. "Who knows what's next for her, but it will be great things for sure."


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