West Allis students cheer on Olympic luger

CREATED Feb 11, 2014

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WEST ALLIS - Some students in West Allis have been getting a first-rate education on the Olympic Winter Games.

They’re part of a program that pairs students with Olympic athletes.  The students have been following Olympian Erin Hamlin.Tuesday, they watched how she did.

It was an unforgettable moment for Erin Hamlin, who made U.S. history, and the students, who cheered her on to victory.

They may be small, but their chants filled the classroom at Horace Mann Elementary School.

"Even though she can't hear us, she'll feel good," exclaimed student Egypt Isom.

They watched as Hamlin won bronze - the first singles luge medal in U.S. history.

"We've already talked about how no U.S. luger has ever got a medal before,” explained teacher Stephanie Ticali. “So they'll be super excited and super proud of her.”

Ivy Garcia was nervous as she watched Erin speed down the icy track.

"I was thinking that it'd be pretty amazing, but also a little scary," gushed Garcia.

Erin Hamlin made history in Sochi. The students here are very inspired, and they want to be just like her.

"Yes, I actually talked to my grandma last night about trying to learn that sport," says Garcia.

Erin and the students send videos to each other. She’s teaching them how to set goals and persevere. Ms. Ticali has already noticed a difference.

“It's great for them to have such a positive role model like Erin.  She’s someone they can look up to to achieve goals," says Ms. Ticali.