Remsen has celebrated the homecoming of Erin Hamlin from both the Torino and Vancouver Winter Olympics, but the parade theyâ??re planning for Thursday will likely be the biggest event in the tiny villageâ??s history.
Hamlin, 27, made Olympic history on Day 4 of the Sochi winter games when she claimed a bronze medal in singles luge. By doing so, she became the first American to medal in the event, which has eluded US sliders for 50 years.
Messages of support for Hamlin can be seen along every street, outside every shop and in the windows of every home. The central New York village with a population of just over 500 has had plenty of practice in celebrating their three-time Olympian.
â??Weâ??ve saved all our stuff from two Olympics ago so we just break it back out,â?? said Kathie Shufelt, who grew up with Erinâ??s mother Eilleen. â??When she did get the bronze we had â??got bronzeâ?? [stickers] made so we could put them over the banners.â??
Hamlin is expected to land in Syracuse on Thursday around 4:40 p.m. A motorcade will escort her to Remsen, where she will then take a ride on a float that will feature real snow molded into a luge. The mayor of Remsen, Francis Stacy, says he expects the entire village to attend along with anywhere from 200-1,000 visitors. The parade is expected to start around 6 p.m. Thursday.