The Winter Olympian who trains in a barn


There is nothing glamorous about Erin Hamlin’s home gym.

Instead of world-class athletes, the structure houses three horses. Gym rats are, literally, rats. Weights have to be found under piles of hay.

That is because when Hamlin returns home, she trains in a barn.

“[My family and I] have learned how to get creative to achieve optimal training tools at home,” Hamlin said.

Hamlin, who was chosen as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony, normally trains at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. But the 2014 Olympic luge bronze medalist utilizes a barn on her family’s 75-acre property when she returns home to Remsen, N.Y.

A cousin, who is a welder, installed the metal handles that are used at the luge start into the barn’s floor. Hamlin recruits her parents to help with timing and filming. Her two brothers often participate in the workouts. 

“The phrase ‘it takes a village’ is also 100 percent true,” Hamlin said.

To simulate a luge run, Hamlin will even jump on a sled with wheels and propel herself forward down the middle of a road.

So when in Remsen, don’t be surprised if you see Hamlin speeding by on a sled.

“[I] usually gets some odd looks,” she said. 

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