Hamlin to help coach USA Luge at world championships

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(AP) — Erin Hamlin is going back to the luge world championships, this time as a coach.

The two-time world champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist from Remsen will work as a USA Luge assistant coach for two-week stint in January during the world championships in Winterberg, Germany.

It will be her first official foray into coaching with the national team.

“I’m looking forward to helping any way that I can and bring a different perspective to the coaching staff,” Hamlin said. “I was there to see the team grow over the last few years, so knowing the skill and potential they have developed makes it exciting to jump back in, even for just a couple of weeks.”

Hamlin won four world championship medals during her sliding career. In 2009, she won gold in women’s singles on her home track at Lake Placid, New York, and in 2017 at Igls, Austria, she won three medals — gold in the women’s sprint, silver in women’s singles and silver in the mixed team competition.

She retired after the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, ending a two-decade career.

“Even though I’m retired I still feel very connected and part of the team, probably because I was teammates with the athletes for so long,” Hamlin said.

The World Cup season in luge resumes this weekend in Koenigssee, Germany, and will be followed next week by racing in Sigulda, Latvia.

From there, Hamlin will join the Americans in Winterberg, first for an official training week on the ice, followed by the actual championship races.

Coaching is something that has intrigued Hamlin, in part because few coaches on the World Cup circuit are women.

“I was also always hoping to see more female coaches in my career, so to jump into that role, in a world with very few, is exciting,” Hamlin said.

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