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Ogdensburg-native Patricia Boak is proud of her granddaughter’s efforts in 2014 Winter Olympics


OGDENSBURG - Erin M. Hamlin’s grandmother, Ogdensburg-native Patricia M. [Mullady] Boak, was on the edge of her seat when she watched the women’s singles luge on Tuesday.

Ms. Hamlin, 27 of Remsen, took the bronze at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday becoming the first American to score a medal in the event.

Ms. Hamlin is the daughter of Eilleen and Ronald Hamlin and her grandfather is Ogdensburg-native Les Porter.

Mrs. Boak, who now lives in Holland Patent just outside of Utica, said it was “nerve racking” to watch her granddaughter maneuver the course. “She is kind of fearless.”

During a family viewing party on Tuesday, Mrs. Boak said, “We were all on edge. Even the toddlers were totally silent when she came down. It’s history making.”

Mrs. Boak said, “We had all this wonderful food that everybody brought, but everybody was too nervous to eat it.”

Ms. Hamlin’s journey to Sochi began when she was 12, Mrs. Boak said, when she was learning to luge in Lake Placid.

She began competing nationally as she got older and ran races in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

Mrs. Boak said it was an especially proud moment for the family when she won the world championship in 2009 during the International Luge Federation Championships held in Lake Placid.

But now, Mrs. Boak said, Sochi is “the highlight of her career.”

Even today, after Ms. Hamlin has spent the better part of 15 years in luge, Mrs. Boak said it’s tough to watch.

“I’ve seen some of the crashes,” she said. “You know what can happen, that’s why you get nervous.”

Mrs. Boak graduated from the Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1959. Ms. Hamlin has her grandmother’s maiden name, Mullady, as her middle name.

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