Erin Hamlin of the United States reacts at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 13, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Erin Hamlin, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in women’s luge, understood her life would radically change in retirement.
The first U.S. singles slider — male or female — to win an Olympic medal in the sport, Hamlin retired following the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, ending a career that lasted nearly two decades and still stands among the best in American history.
New chapters have been written since then. Hamlin married Jonathan Hodge in July 2018. She interned at Ernst & Young in 2019, as part of the company’s elite athlete program, and now is in her first year in a full-time job there. The couple also moved back their childhood hometown, the village of Remsen in upstate New York, and are now preparing for the next big adventure: having their first child. Hamlin and Hodge are due in early December.
A lot of good things are happening, and Hamlin is trying to appreciate all the moments.
“It’s definitely an exciting new chapter, and it seems like Dec. 9 is coming quickly,” said Hamlin, 33, who is waiting until the baby is born to learn its gender. “We’re slowly picking away at everything we need to do. It’s almost overwhelming, because there is such a large world of things for babies … there is so much stuff! You never feel 100 percent sure that you are making the right decisions, because we have never done this before. We’re trying to keep things as minimalist as possible, because we really don’t have a big house.”
Hamlin’s pregnancy is obviously different because of COVID-19. She isn’t sure if she can do an in-person baby shower in the coming months. Hodge watches her doctor visits via video chat, as she cannot have him come along due to rules to limit the virus’ spread. Hamlin is working from home and said the couple has been limiting visits from friends and family to protect themselves.