Featured Speakers

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Erin Hamlin
Three Time Olympian and Olympic Medalist in Women's Luge

Erin Hamlin, three time Olympian, 2014 Bronze Medalist, and two-time Luge World Champion, made history at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games as the first American (male or female) to win an Olympic medal in singles luge and was the first U.S. woman to win a medal in any luge discipline at the Olympic Games.  Over her 15-year career Erin has undoubtedly put the sport of luge on the global map for the U.S. and proved that even a girl from a tiny town in Upstate New York in a small sport can do anything if you follow your dreams and never give up... and she’s not done yet!  

Born in raised in the small but huge-hearted rural town of Remsen, NY, Erin was first introduced to luge at the age of 12 through a USA Luge Slider Search in Syracuse, NY. Erin took a unique chance to try something new and hasn’t looked back since.  After being selected to a development team she began training at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. As a member of the Jr National Team from 2003-2005, Erin captured two Jr National Champion titles and a collection of Jr World Cup medals. At the time, she was also a sectional all-star in soccer and track at high school. Erin made the Sr. World Cup Team in 2005 racing her way onto the 2006 Olympic Team in Torino, Italy, where she slid to a 12th place finish at only 19 years old. The following seasons she continued her career full force, posting top results.

On February 6, 2009 Hamlin's luge career slid into full speed as she won the Gold Medal at the 2009 Luge World Championships in Lake Placid, becoming the first U.S. woman to ever medal at the World Championships. This marked the first time in 99 races that a German woman was not the top finisher.

Following the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where Erin finished as the top American, she won her third consecutive National Championship and continued to top off the following seasons with three more National Championship titles (2008-2012). Erin struggled a bit through the next season but continued training hard on a quest for the next big title, and a spot on the 2014 Sochi Olympic Team.

At her third Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014, Erin made history winning a Bronze Medal- the first ever medal in singles luge for the U.S. (male or female), also making her the only American woman to ever win any Olympic medal in luge. The reception to Erin’s accomplishments has been widely recognized and she truly came home an American hero, serving as a role model and inspiration so many. Following the Olympics, Erin was honored with “The Best of U.S. - Best Female Athlete Award,” honoring the most inspiring accomplishments and outstanding performances of Team USA at the 2014 Games.

The 2015-2016 season was a phenomenal one for Erin, earning the top medal count of her career thus far. The undoubted highlight of the season came when Erin led Team USA to a historic 1-2-3 finish with a Gold Medal at the 2015 World Cup in Lake Placid; topping that off with another Gold in the Team Relay later that day. The 2016-2017 season was even more outstanding, with Erin winning two Gold World Cup medals, and she won her second World Championship title, in addition to two silver medals on top of that Gold at the World Championships, breaking three different U.S. records in the process. In doing so, Erin Hamlin officially became Team USA's greatest female luge athlete ever and now holds the title of “most decorated female athlete” in the history of USA Luge.

With Erin leading the pack for the women, Team USA has shown their growing dominance in the sport. There’s no question that Erin continues to make an enormous impact as an athlete and leader both in and out of her sport, and she will undoubtedly leave a legacy when she hangs up her sled in the future.

Equally important to Erin as her athletic accomplishments, she is dedicated to her involvement in several philanthropic and community initiatives, particularly those that help kids reach their true potential in all aspects of their lives, including in the classroom and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

To follow Erin’s journey and stay up to date with the latest news, follow her social media on Twitter: @ErinHamlin Instagram: ErinHamlin & Facebook.com/OfficialErinHamlin