VP Pence sends letter to Remsen mayor honoring Hamlin's participation in Olympic team

FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The excitement over central New York's own Erin Hamlin competing in the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea now includes the White House.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to the village of Remsen last week, praising the single luge competitor as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team.

Remsen Mayor Marty Flint received a letter from Pence recognizing the local community and its favorite Olympian dated Feb. 2, according to a post on the village's Facebook page.

The letter reads:

“As leader of the United States delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, I am proud to join the people in Remsen in honoring your community’s own Erin Hamlin of the U.S. Olympic Team in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Together, the members of our Olympic Team represent the strength of our Nation and the destiny of American greatness at home and around the world. I join Americans everywhere in applauding these athletes and cheering them on as they reach for their dreams.
On behalf of the American people, I want you to know how proud we are of your community for representing America on the world stage. Please know that I will be rooting for Erin and rallying behind Team U.S.A. as they compete in the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
May God bless the people of Remsen, may God bless our 2018 Olympic Team, and may God bless the United States of America,
Michael R. Pence
Vice President of the United States"

Hamlin is currently in fifth place with two runs left in luge competition.

That tops among Team USA entrants in the women's luge competition. The 2014 bronze medal winner is 0.045 seconds out of third place with two runs remaining.

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