"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."
"I think it's awesome and it will be interesting to go back and see everything a year after the Olympics," Hamlin said. "The track is a ton of fun so I'm excited for that. I am a little surprised to see it on the schedule just because we have taken so many trips there over the past two seasons and it is incredibly expensive and difficult to get to."