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LP basketball, hockey gearing up for a season

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LAKE PLACID — Basketball and hockey seasons that looked like they may not happen now appear to be drawing nearer for the high school teams at Lake Placid. The Blue Bombers boys and girls basketball teams are scheduled to begin practicing on Monday. So are the ice hockey squads, which ...

Van Hoevenberg hosts state Nordic championships

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LAKE PLACID — The brand-new Nordic center at Mount Van Hoevenberg hosted its biggest event to date as the New York State Ski Racing Association held two races over the weekend for athletes ranging in age from under-14 and up. The races drew some of New York state’s top cross country ...

Lake Placid Central OKs varsity basketball, hockey

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LAKE PLACID — Members of the Lake Placid Central School Board of Education Tuesday, Feb. 16 approved a shortened season of two “higher-risk” sports — girls and boys varsity hockey and basketball — during a regular board meeting. The decision came after the Essex County Health ...

Winners announced for USA Luge’s Running of the Balls

Winter Olympic Sports

LAKE PLACID — In its final race of the season, USA Luge shattered a team record. The organization announced Monday, Feb. 22 that the sixth annual Duluth Trading Company Running of the Balls fundraiser doubled its previous best effort. The sale of 1,800 balls plus sponsor donations, ...

Humphries completes historic sweep at worlds

Winter Olympic Sports

    Kaillie Humphries wasn’t sure if she would get a chance to race this season.     She ended up on top of the world — twice. Humphries ended her international season Sunday, Feb. 14 by winning the inaugural women’s monobob world championship in Altenberg, Germany, adding ...

Uhlaender places 6th in final worlds race

Winter Olympic Sports

ALTENBERG, Germany — Americaan Katie Uhlaenderheld back tears at the finish, disappointed that she fell back into sixth place in the women’s skeleton World Championship finale on Friday, Feb. 12. In the same race, Kendall Wesenberg of Modesto, California finished 19th, and Sara ...

Freestyle team names World Championship roster

Winter Olympic Sports

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named 16 athletes to represent the United States at the 2021 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Kazakhstan March 8-11.  The Freestyle World Championships were originally scheduled to take place in Zhangjiakou, China, as well as serve as test events for ...

Shiffrin strikes gold in Italy

Winter Olympic Sports

Mikaela Shiffrin struck gold on Monday, Feb. 15, in the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, winning the super-G-slalom alpine combined event by an impressive margin. It is her second medal of the 2021 World Championships in Italy, her sixth career world title, and her ninth career World ...

Humphries rides Holcomb’s runners to world title

Local Olympians

ALTENBERG, Germany — Americans Kaillie Humphries made history Saturday, Feb. 6, by winning the 2021 two-woman bobsled World Championship title. Humphries is the first woman to ever win four world bobsled titles. She tied German Sandra Kiriasis’ record for three titles when she won last ...

Church sweeps with 4 golds at North American Cup

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LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled/Skeleton athletes claimed 24 medals in the 12 race series of the Lake Placid North American Cup competition that wrapped up Friday, Feb. 5 at Mount Van Hoevenberg. U.S. athletes swept the medals in six races. The efforts were led by Cadyville’s Hunter Church, ...

World Cup luge season wraps up at St. Moritz

Local Olympians

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland —The 2020-21 World Cup racing season came to a conclusion over the weekend at the longest luge track in the world. The season was originally slated to end on the new Beijing track, the site of next year’s 2022 Winter Olympics, but sliding there was delayed until ...

Ligety to retire after 17-year career

Winter Olympic Sports

Two-time Olympic champion and Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Ted Ligety has announced his retirement, capping a storied 17-year career. Ligety announced on Tuesday that he will stand in the start gate one final time on the world stage in the giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Gordy Sheer, USA Luge

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LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Gordy Sheer, director of marketing and sponsorships at USA Luge, about the upcoming Running of the Balls fundraiser. More than 1,000 lacrosse balls will be sent down the mile-long luge track at Mount Van Hoevenberg to raise money ...

Coronavirus pops NWHL ‘bubble’

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LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League suspended the rest of its 2021 season just one day before its playoffs were slated to start at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center. The league announced its decision on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, initially offering scant details but saying ...

Luge + lacrosse = Winter Olympic hopefuls

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LAKE PLACID — Thousands will be competing on the combined luge, bobsled and skeleton track at Mount Van Hoevenberg later this month — all at the same time, in about 2 minutes. Lacrosse balls, that is, not lugers. It’s time once again for the Running of the Balls at the Olympic ...

USA Luge’s Mazdzer improves at World Championships

Winter Olympic Sports

KONIGSSEE, Germany — The German luge team upped its medal count to eight of 15 Saturday, Jan. 30 at the 50th Eberspacher World Championships, while USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist, had his best singles result of the team's COVID-shortened season with a second run ...

Tractor falls through Mirror Lake ice

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LAKE PLACID — Ice at the center of Mirror Lake shattered beneath the weight of a tractor on Saturday, Jan. 30. The driver of the vehicle had enough time to get to safety before the rear end of the tractor went down into the frigid water. The driver was prepping the ice for a Can-Am pond ...

The NWHL’s run in LP was fun while it lasted

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LAKE PLACID — Jason Beaney has been the public address announcer for thousands of hockey games at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. It’s a job he began enjoying long before he was even in high school. A huge fan of the sport, Beaney has been the voice behind the mic at all three ...

US women take top 2 spots in World Cup finale

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IGLS, Austria — The United States dominated in the two-woman bobsled World Cup finale in Igls on Saturday, Jan. 30 by claiming gold and silver medals as Kaillie Humphries drove to victory and Elana Meyers Taylor piloted her sled to a close runner-up result. Humphries, of Carlsbad, ...

Hockey bubble bursts; NWHL suspends season in Lake Placid

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LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League suspended the rest of its 2021 season just one day before its playoffs were slated to start at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center. The league announced its decision on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, initially offering scant details but saying the ...