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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

February 8, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - It's that time again, the time we look forward to every four years, the Olympic Winter Games, this time in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 (Korea Standard Time). That's 6 a.m. in Lake Placid, a 14-hour difference.

Our preview coverage begins on the front page and is spread throughout the Lake Placid News this week. We have profiles on some of the local Olympians, such as USA Luge athletes Chris Mazdzer and Erin Hamlin and alpine skier Tommy Biesemeyer of Keene.

We also have a look at the 14-hour time difference and a schedule for the next week giving the times for each event - both Eastern Time and Korea Standard Time. For brevity, we've only included medal events and USA team events.

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In other news, we have coverage of the the International University Sports Federation's recent inspection of venues in the North Country as Lake Placid bids for the 2023 Winter World University Games. Saranac Lake's Angela Ball was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing Lake Placid native Ward Wilbur. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged more than $103 million for broadband internet service in the North Country.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Andy Flynn (Lake Placid Diet), we began a new column this week from members of the Lake Placid clergy, who are giving messages about Lent in a piece we call The Road to Easter. The first installment is from the Rev. Jim Koenig of the Lake Placid Baptist Church. This week's North Country at Work story from North Country Public Radio features an interview with Rick Wood, who is on the ski patrol at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington.



The Lake Placid News takes a look at two Olympic biathletes who are in much different stages of their career. Lowell Bailey, a long-time Lake Placid resident, has been in the sport of biathlon for 22 years and is headed to his fourth Winter Games, while Maddie Phaneuf is making her debut appearance. Bailey is 36 and Phaneuf, of Old Forge, is 22.

Bobsledder Justin Olsen had an interesting week last week as he prepared for his third Olympics. The San Antonio, Texas pilot had a successful appendectomy in South Korea, but is still expected to compete in the Pyeongchang bobsled events that begin Sunday, Feb. 18.

Lake Placid hosted its own winter games last week as the area filled with athletes from across the state for the Empire State Winter Games. LPN correspondent Christie Sausa provides readers with details on the skating events that drew 600 individual figure skaters, 36 synchronized skating teams and a large group of speedskaters. Other athletes participated in alpine skiing, nordic skiing, ice hockey, winter biking and even broomball.

On the high school sports scene, the combined Saranac Lake Placid girls hockey team advanced all the way to the Section VII championship game before its season ended at SUNY Plattsburgh.



Columnist Joe Hackett writes this week that he is happy the state has acquired so much land that will now turn into public Forest Preserve property, but he also sympathizes with the club and camp owners who will have to vacate their properties.

Justin A. Levine examines Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest initiative that encourages private forest owners to make forest management plans in exchange for tax breaks.



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