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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

January 25, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - This week, the Lake Placid News continues to gear up for the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with news from some of our local athletes.

On the front page, we have the story about Tommy Biesemeyer of Keene and Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid clinching spots on the U.S. Olympic alpine team based on their World Cup rankings following the Jan. 19 super-G results in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

We also have news about the four New York National Guard soldiers - two from USA Luge and two from the U.S. bobsled team - who will be competing in the Olympics. They are lugers Emily Sweeney and Matthew Mortensen and bobsledders Nick Cunningham and Justin Olsen.

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In our debut series titled Eye on Business, Staff Writer Griffin Kelly stopped by the Green Goddess Natural Market on Saranac Avenue to speak with co-owner Tammy Loewy about how she and her fellow staffers deal with special customer requests.

There was big news this past week, both in tourism and sports news. Village Mayor Craig Randall and International Children's Games President Torsten Rasch signed a contract making Lake Placid the site of the winter games from Jan. 6 to 11, 2019. And we detail Lake Placid's bid for the 2023 World University Games. Lake Placid - including villages in the greater Adirondack Region - is the lone bidder for those games.

The Lake Placid High School this week submitted bios and photos of the eight seniors - four girls and four boys - who are in the running for next week's Winter Carnival king and queen. We've also included a preview of some of the Winter Carnival events.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Andy Flynn (Lake Placid Diet), we have reports from the Lake Placid Public Library and the Lake Placid Rotary Club. This week's North Country at Work story from North Country Public Radio features the artists and businesses that make The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls a unique place to work and visit.



With Olympic fever spreading like wildfire throughout the region, World Cup aerials took center stage last week in Lake Placid. The American contingent had somewhat of a forgettable showing on their home hill, but several were still selected to the U.S. team that will make the trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Olympics in a couple weeks.

Local biathlon star Tim Burke was busy last week racing at high elevation in Italy. It was his final World Cup event before he travels to the Far East for his fourth Olympic Games. He will be joined by fellow Lake Placid resident Lowell Bailey.

Bobsled and motorsports fans witnessed an interesting development on Twitter last week as Nick Cunningham and Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed to be deep in the planning stages of making a trip down the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

With all this international excitement swirling around, the local sports scene continues to soldier ahead. Lake Placid's speedskating oval was finally able to host its first series of races, while the Lake Placid High School seasons moved toward the postseason.



Columnist Joe Hackett shares his experience of forest bathing on this week's Adirondack Expeditions page. He describes the process as an exercise that increases awareness to the sights, sounds and smells of the forest surrounding the participants.

Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine provides readers with a short review of John Davis's new book, "Split Rock Wildway: Scouting the Adirondack Park's Most Diverse Wildlife Corridor."



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