“Seeing me on video on the sled for the very, very first time it’s pretty crazy,” Hamlin said.
Back on that summer day in 1999, no one had any idea what Hamlin would become. Her family just thought it would be fun to try out luging at an event in Syracuse, NY.
“I wanted to bail and my parents said, ‘No, you signed up for it, you have to follow through,’” Hamlin said. “They kind of used it as a life lesson that you have to stick with it. And I’m really glad I did.”
Today, Hamlin is a four-time Olympian and bronze medalist in luge. She still remembers the day when it all began.
“Everyone was going, ‘Put your feet down, put your feet down.’ So that’s the one thing I remember about my slider search,” Hamlin said.
But until now, she had never seen this video, dug up from Aug. 7, 1999 by WAVY-TV’s sister station WSYR-TV in Syracuse.