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Dust off your cowbells; it’s winter sports time

October 20, 2016
Editorial , Lake Placid News

As our 2018 Olympic hopefuls on the USA Luge and USA Bobsled and Skeleton teams practiced on the newly opened ice Monday, Oct. 17, it could only mean one thing. It's time for winter sports in Lake Placid.

That means it's time to dust off the cowbells, get our winter sports equipment out of storage and find our hats and mittens.

As you begin planning your own winter sports activities, we encourage you to mark some important state, national and international sporting events on your calendars. Our athletes need your support ... and more cowbell!

Article Photos

School children watch the 2015 FIL Luge World Cup at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

Familiar faces are filling the USA Luge senior team roster this World Cup season, including two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer, 2014 bronze medalist Erin Hamlin, Tucker West, Summer Britcher, Emily Sweeney and the doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman. The A and B teams were announced in April.

The skeleton and bobsled national teams will be announced Nov. 3 and 4, respectively, after team trials in Lake Placid and Park City, Utah.

As our sliders prepare for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, they need our support. The easiest way is to visit Lake Placid's track at Mount Van Hoevenberg - cowbell and American flag in hand - and cheer on your hometown heroes. Take your family. Meet up with friends. Make some memories. After all, several of these athletes have an excellent chance of winning a medal or two in 2018. This is the last World Cup season to see them in action before the Olympic season. Be there when history is made.

Mark these Mount Van Hoevenberg events on your calendar:

-Oct. 28-29: USA Luge Norton National Championships

-Dec. 2-3: FIL Luge World Cup

-Dec. 16-17: IBSF World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton

Lake Placid is not guaranteed a World Cup for luge every year, and in order to show the FIL this village deserves to continue hosting World Cup events, we need residents and visitors to support our athletes by cheering them on at the track.

One of the challenges USA Luge faces is attracting community support in the Olympic region, mainly from seeing crowds at their hometown events at the Olympic Sports Complex.

It seems there is a lack of excitement when it comes to luge in the U.S., probably because it's a young sport compared to bobsledding, which has deep roots in Lake Placid. Bobsledding gets more attention. Yet luge is just as exciting and dangerous.

But don't forget about the athletes in other sports. For example, Lake Placid will host the XC Junior National Championships March 3-11. And the Empire State Winter Games will attract more than 1,900 athletes from across New York state and beyond to compete in 19 winter sports at various venues in the North Country and Adirondack region Feb. 2-5.



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