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The Olympics are always an exciting time but for one small village the games have a whole different meaning. For Remsen, they'll be cheering on one of their own.
The Olympics are always an exciting time but for one small village the games have a whole different meaning. For Remsen, they'll be cheering on one of their own.

Erin Hamlin is a three time Olympian and a world champion. She calls Remsen her home. And her continued success in the ice luge event has inspired a community to come together.

"There’s just a lot of solidarity between the community. The students here all kind of backing her and there's a lot of excitement," says Dale Turner, principal of Remsen Central School.

Hamlin went to school at Remsen Central School. The school's 227 students ranging from seventh to twelfth grade mirror the small size of the village. But her success has sent a strong message to the student body.

"I think it shows kids from a small school that you can do anything you want and it doesn't stop you just because you went to a small school," says Theresa Roberts, student.

Even local businesses have stepped up to the plate. The soda fountain created a special sundae in honor of Hamlin. Named the world champion Erin Hamlin Sunday it's covered with all over her favorite toppings, and just like Hamlin, it's a crowd favorite.

"It's a favorite. I mean it's really good so a lot of people order it all the time," says Steve Boucher, Soda Fountain owner.

But not only is Hamlin an amazing athlete she's also really good at choosing sundae toppings because her sundae is delicious.

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