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NYSEF athletes take on Big Apple

February 8, 2017
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are now one year away, and a handful of young athletes from the New York Ski Educational Foundation were in New York City this morning, performing on the "Today" show as NBC begins its promotion of the games in South Korea.

NBC will air the 2018 Winter Olympics, which run from Feb. 6 to 25, and brought out some of the most well-known American winter athletes for interviews during the "Today"show that aired this morning. During the show hosts Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb talked to gold medalists including snowboarder Shaun White, freestyle skiers Joss Christensen and Maddie Bowman and figures skater Gracie Gold.

A little ski hill dubbed "Mount Rockefeller" was set up in Rockefeller Center outside the NBC studios, and that's where the NYSEF skiers were performing to provide a backdrop for the show. In front of a nice crowd of spectators, the skiers took off down an in-run and were sailing off a pair of kickers near the bottom of the hill. The skiers also had the option of peeling off to the left side of the hill where a rail was set up for tricks.

Although NYSEF's athletes weren't interviewed, they were able to feel the thrill of being on a big stage live in the Big Apple. The "Today" show started at 7 a.m., and today's version began with the freestylers skiing under the lights in the early morning hours. They spent about two hours performing and wrapped things up around 9 a.m with plenty of daylight.

In addition to being live in New York City, the Today Show also aired some live footage from the Olympic venues in South Korea, where it was night time.

Before heading to New York City for their appearance, the NYSEF Snowsports athletes gathered for a photo in front of the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. The picture, which was posted on Facebook, featured athletes Kaylen Reiley, Avery Higgins Lopez, Gavin Fritz, Marc Bilow and Justin Perry.



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