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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

February 15, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid News launches its Pyeongchang 2018 pages this week, and the USA Luge team takes center-stage. It was a huge start to the Olympics for the Lake Placid-based organization as Chris Mazdzer captured a silver medal, the first for an American male in an Olympic singles luge event.

The women's team was up next, and team leader Erin Hamlin took her final run in a USA Luge team uniform. No medal this time, but Hamlin will always be remembered for her spectacular career. We also have the results from the doubles competition.

Locally, Editor Andy Flynn stopped by Placid Boatworks and spoke with Joe Moore about his contribution to the USA Luge team. Specifically, he manufactures the pods - or seats - that the luge athletes use to build their sleds.

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At the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, crews ended their search for a missing skier after he was found in Sacramento, California. Staff Writer Griffin Kelly covered the State Police press conference on Feb. 14 and has the latest news.

Griffin spent time with Tammy Loewy for this month's Giving Back segment. She is raising money to help pay for the Adirondack Global Arts Festival, which will be held in March in Lake Placid.

Griffin also stopped by the Lake Placid High School to speak with teacher Brian LaVallee and two students in the robotics club about their upcoming competition.

Correspondent Steve Lester visited the LPHS as well for this week's Artist Profile, speaking with junior Emma Bishop, who is scheduled to perform her first lead role as Polly Browne in "The Boy Friend," by Sandy Wilson, in March.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez), the Lake Placid Central School (Blue Bomber Voices) and Andy Flynn (Lake Placid Diet), we continue The Road to Easter column from members of the Lake Placid clergy, who are giving messages about Lent. The Rev. John Yonkovig of St. Agnes Catholic Church talks about getting close to nature, which he did last fall when he walked a portion of the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. This week's North Country at Work from North Country Public Radio features a story about a woman who grew up on a small dairy farm just outside of the village of Dexter in the small community of Pillar Point.



In other news from South Korea, biathletes Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke, who both live in Lake Placid, opened their Olympics while alpine skier Tommy Biesemeyer, of Keene, suffered an injury that knocked him out of the Games before his first competition.

On the home front, the Lake Placid boys basketball team suffered a loss at the hands of Chazy, the local speedskating season continued with the Charles Jewtraw All Around Championships at the Oval and a large group of young winter athletes qualified for the Junior National Championships.



Adirondack Expeditions columnist Joe Hackett spent a lot of time skiing in the woods last week during the early morning hours. He advises winter travelers to take their time to soak in the beauty of the season.

Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine came across a press release from the federal government reporting the extensive impact outdoor recreation has on the gross domestic product. Turns out it is a pretty big chunk.



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