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World Cup season begins this weekend without USA Luge

IGLS, Austria — The World Cup luge season begins Thanksgiving weekend in this small, picturesque village outside Innsbruck, Austria despite the national lockdown in that country caused by the coronavirus. The start of the pre-Olympic season will take place without the United States, ...

USA Bobsled women’s team announced

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled on Saturday, Nov. 21 announced its 10-athlete roster for the 2020-2021 women’s national team. Athletes competed in two races over the course of two days at Mount Van Hoevenberg to earn their spot on the team. The men will return to Lake Placid after ...

U.S. Biathlon names national team rosters

The biathlon World Cup season kicks off this weekend in Kontiolahti, Finland, and most names on the U.S. roster will be familiar to anyone who has followed the team in recent years. U.S. Biathlon announced this week that its International Competition Committee has named 10 athletes to compete ...

A November Mother’s Day for USA Luge

LAKE PLACID — At noon — an hour after USA Luge senior team members finished training on their home track at Mount Van Hoevenberg Sunday, Nov. 15 — seven of their mothers tried out the new Cliffside Coaster attraction. It was a Mother’s Day of sorts for the ”Luge ...

USA Luge sliders take season’s 1st runs at Mount Van Hoevenberg

LAKE PLACID — As snow flurries swirled around the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid Monday morning, Nov. 2, Jonny Gustafson of USA Luge officially opened the sliding season with the first run of autumn. Despite snow piling up causing a one-hour delay to the training session, ...

Biesemeyer steps away from competitive racing

Standing in the start gate of the Pyeongchang Olympic downhill for the final training run prior to his first Olympic bid, Thomas “BZ” Biesemeyer was hopeful. That start gate moment, in and of itself, was an accomplishment — the culmination of countless hours of hard work, or the ...

World figure skating enthusiasts take figures online

LAKE PLACID — All sports have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but perhaps one of the hardest hit is figure skating and other ice-based sports. As non-essential businesses, most rinks have been closed, and social distancing requirements would preclude skaters from practicing ...

USA Luge names 2020-21 senior national team

Chris Mazdzer was supposed to be in Thailand this past weekend. The 2018 Olympic men’s luge silver medalist was going to be getting married there on Saturday, May 2, before resuming training for another World Cup sliding season. The wedding is postponed, just pushed back a year. The season ...

An opening-day hole-in-one at Saranac Inn for U.S. luger

Jayson Terdiman, a two-time Olympic luge athlete who lives in Lake Placid, added another memento to the shelves in his home where he keeps the many medals and trophies he has won around the world. But his latest addition to the collection has nothing to do with sliding on ice. Instead, ...

PSC, US Biathlon new partners

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College is set to build a new biathlon facility and shooting range as it starts a partnership with the U.S. Biathlon Association, the Olympic sport’s national governing body. The announcement came at a press conference at the college Thursday, March 12. In ...

Britcher finishes 4th in WC finale

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — On the next to last day of the Viessmann World Cup luge season Saturday, Feb. 29, Summer Britcher of the United States finished fourth in Koenigssee, missing a bronze medal by just 0.013 of a second. The Glen Rock, Pennsylvania Olympian finished fifth in the final ...

Humphries wins 3rd world title

Kaillie Humphries of the U.S. is a bobsled champion again, winning her third world title Saturday, Feb. 22 to put an emphatic cap on her comeback season. Humphries teamed with Lauren Gibbs to finish four runs over two days in Altenberg, Germany with a time of 3 minutes, 45.49 seconds. ...

US pulls out of luge World Cup

USA Luge pulled its team out of the World Cup luge races in Winterberg, Germany, adding to a chorus of athletes from many nations protesting what they were calling unsafe ice conditions. Austria also withdrew its team from the events Feb. 21-23, and even several sliders from Germany said ...

Athletes describe their Olympic roots in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Four Olympians and two aspiring Olympians — ranging from ages 16 to 65 — shared stories about their relationship to this village’s Olympic legacy Monday, Feb. 17 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The event — “Lake Placid’s Olympic Legacy: An Athlete’s ...