Oneida County native Erin Hamlin named Team USA flag bearer at Winter Games Opening Ceremony

WSYR-TV - Oneida County native Erin Hamlin has been selected as Team USA's flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday.

Hamlin, born and raised in Remsen, was chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA members. 

She will be the fourth luger to serve as the U.S. flag bearer, and the first since 2010. 

Hamlin made history at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014 when she became the first U.S. athlete ever to win an Olympic singles luge medal in the sport’s 50-year Olympic history.

Hamlin’s historic medal broke a 34-year streak of luge Olympic podiums dominated solely by German and Austrian women.

“Being named to an Olympic Team is an amazing accomplishment, and making four teams and winning the bronze medal is so much more than I could I have imagined I would accomplish. Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level,” Hamlin said in a statement. “Working hard and earning success is one thing, being acknowledged as a great representative and member of Team USA by fellow athletes – many who I have been inspired by – is above and beyond anything I’ve experienced. It is definitely a privilege and honor to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment. I can’t wait to share it with them all!”

This is Hamlin's fourth Olympic games and likely her last. 

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 9.

Read more about Hamlin's career here.


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