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Erin Hamlin, luge

Photograph By Courtesy of Erin Hamlin

"The picture is from 1988, and we are in Lake Placid, which is oddly appropriate since it is now my second home. I have no recollection of the trip, as I was probably barely 2 years old, although I am pretty sure that podium still exists at the ski jumps. My mom has always instilled a sense of strength and individuality in us. She is constantly encouraging me to be my own person, to live with a free spirit and always love life. She was clearly showing me bronze is where it's at ... almost 26 years before I would be standing there on the Olympic podium!"