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  • Sunil K Zachariah
    German Youth Exchange student enjoys Olympic adventure By Maureen Vaught Rotary World Rotary Youth Exchange student Lennard Hartwig was familiar with the sport
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      German Youth Exchange student enjoys Olympic adventure

      By Maureen Vaught
      Rotary World
      Rotary Youth Exchange student Lennard Hartwig was familiar with the
      sport of luge. After all, he's from Germany, one of the alpine
      countries where the ice sport originated. What he didn't know before
      his exchange was that his host family was home to an Olympic luge
      contender.

      But within days of arriving in Remen, New York, USA, he not only
      learned this fact, but also that he'd be attending the luge
      competitions at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

      On 8 February, Hartwig boarded a plane to Torino, Italy, to cheer on
      his host family's daughter, Erin Hamlin, as she competed against some
      of the world's greatest luge athletes. Hartwig obtained approval for
      the trip from his parents, the local Rotary club, and several Rotary
      officials.

      Erin, 19, the youngest luger on the U.S. team, participated in the
      women's singles competition, and after four rounds, placed 12 out of
      a field of 30. Although this was her Olympic debut, Erin had been
      training for this day since she was 13. In fact, the Hamlins were
      able to host an exchange student because Erin's bedroom is empty 46
      weeks out of the year while she trains in Lake Placid, New York.

      While in Italy, Hartwig unexpectedly met another Rotary Youth
      Exchange student. During a trackside conversation with the fan club
      of German luge competitor Sylke Otto, Hartwig's host mother, Eileen,
      learned that one of the fans was hosting a Youth Exchange student
      from Malaysia.

      "What a great example of how Rotary's Youth Exchange connects
      people," Hartwig says.

      Courtesy: eFlash_Rotary
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