LAKE PLACID - The Weather Channel knows where to find the weather. This week, it found more than that in the Olympic Region.
As part of Extreme Winter Weather Week, the cable network telecast live on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from Mount Van Hoevenberg. "Wake Up With Al" co-host and meteorologist Stephanie Abrams, reported from the combined luge, bobsled and skeleton track, which will host World Cup luge racing on Friday and Saturday.
Wintry conditions in the Tri-Lakes, combined with a number of events scheduled for this week, brought the Weather Channel to the area, according to a press release. Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival is already under way, and Lake Placid will host World Cup luge races Friday and Saturday. Additionally, the Empire State Winter Games kicked off Thursday and the fourth annual Adirondack Toboggan Championship is slated for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
The Weather Channel personality tells viewers about Lake Placid and its events while broadcasting live Tuesday at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
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But Abrams did more than just report on the weather. She also experienced first-hand the thrill of riding a sled down the luge track. The weather personality was given a short lesson on luging by 2009 Luge World Champion Erin Hamlin, of Remsen, just prior to sliding down the track, the zipped along the frozen track with a camera strapped to the sled so viewers could also experience the ride.
"It was amazing," Abrams told television viewers and TWC crew watching from Atlanta, and when asked by the weather anchors what she liked most about Lake Placid, she replied, "It is kind of like asking who your favorite kid is."
Abrams did mention that she was happy that she did not have to wear a skin-tight outfit that is worn by luge competitors, during her ride down the track, which began on a lower portion of the facility. (See fact box for info on how you can take a luge ride)
You too can luge
What: Public session after World Cup
When: Saturday, Feb. 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Mt. Van Hoevenberg
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During the telecast, which ran from 5:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Abrams also did a feature on the dog sled ride on Mirror Lake. Sights from Lake Placid were also periodically shown, such as views of Mirror Lake and Main Street, and the channel's crew made a stop at the Ice Palace for Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake.
A video of Abram's ride and lesson with Hamlin and dog sled ride can be seen at www.weather.com/video/abrams-conquers-the-luge-34155.
Abrams also interviewed Jon Lundin, spokesman for the Olympic Regional Development Authority, and a main part of their discussion was the history of Olympic luge.
"It's great to have Lake Placid and the World Cup on The Weather Channel, but most of all, it brings attention to the entire region. It gives publicity to the Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake, the Luge World Cup and the Empire State games as well," Lundin told the News Tuesday.
"It's a chance for people to see how great and wonderful this place is in the winter, and it was a beautiful day, clear blue skies - just a perfect day for television - and it's great for people to see that this is a great place to be."
Abrams kept her Facebook followers up-to-date on her trip to Lake Placid.
Aware of the cold temperatures that awaited her, she posted this: "Um, these are the temps when I'm live 5-11AM tom from Lake Placid! It's one thing when pop in/out of it...think I can stand outside entire time? #Bets? #FLGirl," she posted.
On her dog sled ride on Mirror Lake: Learned tons about these new friends today! They have extremely sophisticated bodies to deal with the cold! Deets on the show tomorrow! I Love The Outdoors!
Just before her ride down the luge track: Look Mom,no hands...psych!2X Olympic luger @erinhamlin throws me,I mean gently pushes me down @LakePlacidADK track! :).