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Remsen celebrates Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin

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Erin Hamlin has always been a source of pride for the Town of Remsen. That feeling was amplified exponentially on Tuesday when Hamlin became more than just a luge Olympian, she became a medalist. Time Warner Cable News Reporter, Cara Thomas gives us a look at one Olympic viewing party, where supporters cheered so loudly, you'd think Hamlin would have heard them from Sochi.

REMSEN, N.Y. -- When you enter the village of Remsen, one name can be seen on every telephone pole, in front of homes, and in almost every business' window.

"You drive up and down the roads and you'll see 'Go Erin, Sochi 2014' all over the place," said Greg Roos, a social studies teacher at Remsen Central School.

Erin Hamlin first got involved with luge when she was about 12-years-old. And ever since, the community has always had her back.

"When she races there are 100 people from town that are there. We outnumber every other group together when she races at Lake Placid," said Roos.

And Tuesday wasn't any different; they cheered her on as she competed for the most important accomplishments of her career, an Olympic Medal.

While most people were probably glued to their television or computer screens to watch Erin compete, at Remsen Central School, teachers and students were crammed into the library cheering on their hometown hero.

"It's something that we don't get to see every day and that many other schools don't have the option of, they've never had an Olympian come from their school, so we're just so lucky to have that," said David Peterson II, a senior at Remsen High School.

Every time Hamlin came on the screen, cheers and applause roared through the library, especially after her fourth and final run down the track, when everyone in the room realized that Hamlin had won the bronze medal.

Anna Roberts, a senior at Remsen High School, said, "I know when I go home we're all going to be celebrating with everyone together. We'll probably have a cake or something."

"It's one more notch in the community's pride, one more accomplishment to look forward to. And in this small town, sometimes we need a little bit of that boost in the arm and Erin has certainly been it for the entire community," said Roos.

Hamlin's win was not only exciting for Central New York, but for all of America. She made Olympic history, being the first American to win a medal in the women's individual luge competition. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP