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"Seeing how far women's sports have come and to kind of be a part of that and pushing it into the next generation and continuing to push the envelope and be among the female athletes that are breaking down barriers is pretty cool", Hamlin said.
Back on that summer day in 1999, no one had any idea what Hamlin would become.
"You really can't explain it, it's hard to explain, I get teary eyed thinking about it".
"She just got off the couch and tried it and here she is, in the Olympics carrying the flag". "It's great and it's nice to be able to bring accolades to where I'm from".
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"I just was enjoying the moment (at Friday's opening ceremony); I was just honored to be nominated as one of the eight people that were put into the mix", Hamlin told Reuters at the Olympic Sliding Centre on Saturday.
That day in Schiller Park that Colleen is remembering was 20 years ago, but she remembers it vividly.
But until now, she had never seen this video, dug up from August 7, 1999 by WAVY-TV's sister station WSYR-TV in Syracuse. Hamlin says she has a lot of decisions to make.
The German star is now the two-time Olympic champion, after finishing off the historic win at the Pyeongchang Games. "It's awesome. I mean who would have thought?"
"This will be my last Olympics". "We'll have to see what opportunities present themselves and what new challenges and adventures are out there for me".
Colleen, from Liverpool, and her sister, from Remsen, brought their kids to an event hosted by USA Luge - for a chance to try an out of the ordinary sport.