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Erin Hamlin Inspires Community from Sochi to CNY

Erin Hamlin’s homecoming makes folks all over proud. Although the celebration is in honor of her Olympic achievements, her hard work and dedication goes far beyond the bronze medal.
Erin Hamlin’s homecoming makes folks all over proud. Although the celebration is in honor of her Olympic achievements, her hard work and dedication goes far beyond the bronze medal.
She luged, she won, and now she's inspiring others to follow their dreams. And for one Remsen man, Erin Hamlin's Olympic success has rekindled his Olympic flame.
"She inspired me to ski again," said Andrew Beyel.
Beyel started skiing when he was 8 years old and like Erin, he too is an Olympic medalist.
"I was in the Special Olympics for people with disabilities and I won first and second place in skiing at the world games in 2005 in Japan," says Beyel.
He says after his 2005 victory he stopped skiing. But Hamlin bringing home the bronze is bringing Andy back to the slopes, this weekend.
"Well, actually Sunday I’m going to start skiing again, practicing," said Beyel.
And Andy certainly isn't the only person in this town that Erin has inspired. For some, it's motivation in sports.
"She makes me want to go out, work as hard as she did and win, just like she did," said 6th grade Remsen student Kirsten Waterbury.
For others, Erin's victory is a reminder to pursue your passion.
"It inspires me to do whatever my heart tells me to and to really succeed and it was all determination on her part,” says Sydney Boucher, also in 6th grade.
"It just shows if you put your mind to something, you can achieve it because it took her 15 years to get to this point and it shows to never give up,” said Lynn Boucher, Co-owner of the Soda Fountain in Remsen.
A message Erin Hamlin has brought from Sochi right back to Central New York.

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