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WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Lucy Hochschartner, biathlete

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Lucy Hochschartner, a Lake Placid resident who graduated from St. Lawrence University in the spring of 2020 and was recently named to a US Biathlon roster to compete in two International Biathlon Union competitions in Europe this ...

Canceling LP tradition regrettable but correct decision

Last New Year’s Eve, many of us were skating into 2020 on the Lake Placid Olympic Speed Skating Oval. For some, it had become an annual family tradtiton for the 13 years I have been organizing the event. It was something families could look forward to every year while helping out a great ...

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, ...

Stars on Ice skips 2020 performance

LAKE PLACID — In Lake Placid during the holidays, there are treasured traditions that can always be relied upon: Main Street’s holiday decorations, the Holiday Village Stroll weekend, skaters gliding at the Olympic Speedskating Oval and Stars on Ice at the Olympic Center. Stars on Ice ...

Hochschartner targets a career in biathlon

LAKE PLACID — Lucy Hochschartner grew up in Cascadeville a short distance from the 1980 Winter Olympic Nordic ski trails and biathlon stadium at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Now she’s looking to become one of an elite club of Adirondackers who have competed on the international stage in a ...

Historic win for Tara Geraghty-Moats in Nordic combined World Cup

RAMSAU, Austria — American Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, Vermont) made history Friday, Dec. 18, skiing to a hard-fought victory by just 1.5 seconds in the first-ever FIS Nordic Combined World Cup for women in an idyllic mountain setting at Ramsau am Dachstein. It was an emotional win ...

How the NWHL set its bubble in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — While event planning is never a simple task, it is one that has become especially complicated in 2020, with many added layers to consider in pulling off something large-scale both safely and effectively in the midst of a pandemic.  In November, the National Women’s Hockey ...

Busy, different season at oval

LAKE PLACID — Long considered one of Lake Placid’s most prominent and popular venues, the Olympic Speed Skating Oval is ready for a busy holiday week with new schedules and COVID-19 safety procedures. In previous years, the greatest factor in when the Oval opened and how it operated was ...

NY cancels winter high school championships

SARANAC LAKE — It’s not really a scenario similar to the movie Groundhog Day, but it certainly feels like it. In that 1993 film, its star Bill Murray keeps reliving the same day over and over again as a reporter covering the annual Feb. 2 tradition in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. In ...

Bascue earns top spot as US sets men’s team

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled announced the 11 athletes who have been named to the men’s national team. Athletes competed in a series of four selection races — two two-man races and two four-man races — to qualify for the team. Codie Bascue, of Whitehall, won three of four selection ...

After skipping early races, USA Luge sliders preparing for World Cup

LAKE PLACID — Park City, Utah luge racers Brittney Arndt and Ashley Farquharson finished third and fourth, respectively, Friday, Dec. 11 to claim the final two women’s singles berths as USA Luge completed its roster for the second half of the Eberspacher World Cup tour. They will join ...

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 ...

Tri-Lakes school ski teams gear up for season

Tuesday, Dec. 1 kicked off the winter season for Section 7 high school athletics as Lake Placid’s Nordic ski team began practicing, in accordance with state and section guidelines. The school’s Alpine skiing is also set to begin for the season. On Nov. 17, the New York State Public High ...

3 Northwood alumni to return for 2021 NWHL season

LAKE PLACID — Brooke White-Lancette was attending Northwood School and playing for the Lake Placid Rockets girls hockey team in 1997 when fellow alumni Cailey Hutchison and Alyson Matteau were born — Feb. 11 and Dec. 17, respectively. All three will return to Lake Placid this winter ...

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 ...

The Lake Placid bubble

LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League on Nov. 25 announced a plan to present the entire upcoming season and 2021 Isobel Cup playoffs at the 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5. The goal of the two-week NWHL bubble season is to play in a ...

U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team announced

U.S. Ski & Snowboard recently announced the 23 athletes of the Davis U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team for the 2020-21 season. They kicked off competition with the traditional World Cup season opener in Ruka, Finland Nov. 27-29. Athletes named to the A Team for the 20-2021 season include 2018 ...