"It's getting pretty up there," Hamlin said. "I definitely have had big moments with the Olympics, and 2009 worlds is still a very high point for me. But oddly enough, as the years have gone by I'm not even setting really strict standards for myself of what I want to achieve in a season. I want to be consistent, be happy with my sliding ... and it's going pretty well."
"I'm always pumped about that," said Hamlin, whose hometown of Remsen, New York, is about a 2-1/2 hour drive from Lake Placid. "My family and friends can come. It's the only time I am on home ice and it happens pretty rarely so I embrace it every time. It also comes with a little bit more pressure though, since it is where I won worlds and I will have to defend my track record. Win or lose though, it is always a blast to race there."