- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - USA Luge is on its annual search for new sliders, and after stops in New York City, Maryland, Illinois and California the team is making a visit to upstate New York.

The national organization is holding recruitment clinics this weekend in Utica.

The Slider Search tour uses sleds on wheels and discovered Erin Hamlin in 1999 at the age of 12. Hamlin, who grew up just north of Utica in Remsen, is now a three-time Olympian, former world champion, and won the bronze medal in women’s singles at the Sochi Olympics.

Hamlin is on the coaching staff this weekend, sharing her knowledge and experiences with youngsters ages 10-13.

Slider Search was established in 1985. Seven of 10 on the U.S. team at Sochi got their starts in the program.

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