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Lake Placid falls to rival Red Storm in volleyball

SARANAC LAKE — It’s the final week of the season for Lake Placid’s volleyball team, and the Blue Bombers kicked off their run of four matches in five days with a 3-1 loss to Saranac Lake on Monday, April 25. Playing at home, the Red Storm maintained their recent mastery over their ...

Biesemeyer named alpine ski director at Northwood

LAKE PLACID — Michael Maher, Northwood Head of School, announced the appointment of Tommy Biesemeyer as Director of Alpine Skiing and upcoming transitions within the alpine ski program.  Biesemeyer joins Northwood after a storied racing career and 15 years of experience in alpine racing, ...

Humphries completes historic sweep at worlds

    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 ...

Humphries rides Holcomb’s runners to world title

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 ...

World Cup luge season wraps up at St. Moritz

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 ...

USA Luge’s Mazdzer improves at World Championships

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 ...

USA luge sliders finally compete in World Cup

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — USA Luge wrapped up its return to the Eberspacher World Cup tour on Sunday, Jan. 3 with a sixth-place effort in the Koenigssee team relay. The United States skipped the first four World Cup races this season as a result of concerns over the coronavirus and related ...

Weibrect to lead reestablishing PSC alpine program

PAUL SMITHS — While colleges around the country are dropping varsity sports programs, Paul Smith’s College has been on a mission for over a year to bring more competitive sports to its 14,000-acre campus in the Adirondacks. After officially announcing the addition of Nordic skiing, ...

U.S. para bobsledders return to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The word “veteran” has double meaning for U.S. para bobsledder Guillermo “Will” Castillo of Orlando, Florida. Like all members of the Para National Sliding Team for bobsledding and skeleton, he is also a military veteran — an Army sergeant, retired. And he’ll ...

U.S. Para Bobsled Team awaits 2026 Paralympics decision

LAKE PLACID — Officials from USA Bobsled and Skeleton’s Para National Team are keeping a lookout this week for news on whether para bobsled will be added to the winter Paralympics program for the first time in 2026 as the games are held in Milano Cortina, Italy. “This is a very ...

USA Bobsled/Skeleton 2020 Hall of Fame inductees announced

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled/Skeleton announced Wednesday, Dec. 9 the six individuals that will be inducted into its Hall of Fame. Steve Mesler, Tristan Gale Geisler, Randy Jones, Vonetta Flowers, James “Nitro” Morgan, and Geoff Bodine will be inducted as the eighth class. A celebration ...

Luge World Cup season begins without U.S. team

IGLS, Austria — Germany came to Austria on the first weekend of the Eberspacher World Cup luge season and, with the exception of the home team’s top doubles sled, dominated the field. It started Saturday, Nov. 28 with Felix Loch’s singles victory, and concluded Sunday when German ...

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 ...