Picente: USA Luge Summer Slider Search Coming to Utica August 22nd, 23rd
Joined by Women’s Luge Champion Erin Hamlin of Remsen, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that young Oneida County athletes who want to emulate Hamlin in her quest for Olympic gold, who want to experience the thrill of the fastest sport on ice and who want to train under the guidance of USA Luge national team coaches and athletes can do so when the USA Luge Slider Search rolls into Utica on August 22nd and August 23rd.
“The annual summer slider search by USA Luge is the first step that can lead to a future in one of the world’s fastest sports,” Picente said. “Erin Hamlin, along with many of her USA Olympic teammates, took her first steps to competition on the plastic sleds that are used for the summer slider search. I encourage young people who have shared Erin’s dream as they have watched her work hard, never give up and rise to be a champion to give this competition a try. They could be our region’s next Olympian.”
Currently, most of USA Luge's national team are graduates of the Slider Search, including Brian Martin a 1998 Olympic bronze and 2002 Olympic silver medalist. The Search also produced reigning women's World Champion Erin Hamlin along with eight members of USA Luge's 2006 Olympic team.