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Winter Olympic Sports

Luge World Cup moved from Lake Placid to Germany

Lake Placid will not play host to any major international sliding events this winter, after the International Luge Federation said Wednesday, Sept. 16 it will not hold a World Cup competition there because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The upstate New York village was ...

Bobsled and skeleton World Championships moved from Lake Placid to Germany

This season’s bobsled and skeleton world championships were awarded Tuesday to Altenberg, Germany, and moved out of Lake Placid, New York, because of concerns across many winter sports about the coronavirus pandemic and potential travel complications for those coming to North America. The ...

Canada won’t host luge world championships

Canada will not host the luge world championships next year, with officials announcing Wednesday that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic left them no choice but to consider another site. The biggest impediment was the 14-day quarantine that would be required of any foreign athlete entering ...

After a full field last week, USA Luge schedules second slider search in LP

LAKE PLACID — After a recruiting clinic last Sunday in Lake Placid that saw full attendance by local and visiting youngsters, USA Luge has announced another White Castle Slider Search this Sunday, Aug. 30, also in Lake Placid. This year’s schedule, featuring sleds on wheels, has started ...

Sen. Little among 5 appointees to ORDA board

LAKE PLACID — On Thursday the state Senate confirmed Sen. Betty Little as one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s five new nominees to sit on the state Olympic Regional Development Agency board. ORDA runs Lake Placid Olympic venues, such as the bobsled track and ski jumps, as well as ski centers at ...

Annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp canceled for 2020

LAKE PLACID — The 6th annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp was recently canceled after being postponed once already due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp Facebook page announced July 3 that the camp would be held next year from May 2 to 6. It was originally ...

Monobob added to 2021 IBSF World Championships in LP

LAKE PLACID — The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) announced has announced that monobob has been added to the 2021 Lake Placid World Championship schedule. It will be the first time that monobob, which will make its Olympic debut at the 2022 Winter Olympics, will be ...

Van Den Berg joins USA Bobsled and Skeleton

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled and Skeleton is proud to announce the addition of Marc Van Den Berg to the team as the Technical and Equipment Lead. Van Den Berg will develop and manage a competitive and sustainable technology and equipment strategy to ensure optimal performance by USABS ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Aron McGuire, USA Bobsled and Skeleton

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire about how the organization is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake Placid News by visiting Apple ...

UP CLOSE: Baptism by fire for USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO

LAKE PLACID — Aron McGuire was on the job as USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO less than a month before he had to make a huge decision. Should the organization cancel the U.S. national championships set for March 20-21 at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid due to the coronavirus pandemic? The ...

Fegg takes over USA Luge head coach

LAKE PLACID — USA Luge announced Wednesday the repositioning of its coaching staff. Bill Tavares, who started as a national team coach in 2010 and took over as head coach in 2017, has relinquished his position, but will remain with the team as it enters the upcoming winter World Cup and ...

U.S. Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic dies at 43

LAKE PLACID — Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic took his life on Sunday, May 3 at the age of 43. The Toms River, N.J. native started the sport of bobsled in 1997. He went on to win a World Championship bronze medal in 2004, and to finish seventh in both the two-and four-man events at ...

Olympian Dorothy Hamill talks figures, fancy skating

In 1976, the “Dorothy Hamill Skating Special” celebrated then-current Olympic and World champion Dorothy Hamill with a biographical song crooned by Gene Kelly. “Soon her family heard that she much preferred to become proficient on skates, and she saw the trick of arithmetic doing ...

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 ...

USA Luge names 2020-21 junior teams

LAKE PLACID — The future of USA Luge, numbering 76 athletes at various levels, was announced Friday, May 1 as the national governing body released the names of its 2020-2021 Junior National Team and Junior C and D teams. Zack DiGregorio, of Medway, Mass., is the lone member of the Junior ...

So far, so good for local luge racer Sophie Kirkby

Sophie Kirkby first hopped on a luge sled 10 years ago, and it’s been steady progress ever since. A decade into her career, Kirkby, who lives in Ray Brook, said she’s had some great experiences traveling in Europe and she’s seen some success climbing up the competitive ladder, but she ...

ORDA sorts out non-essential construction details

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is currently looking into how the governor’s shutdown of all non-essential construction will affect its venue upgrades. “We are looking at that right now, and we’ll know exactly what that implication is,” said Scott ...

On hold: IOC makes history by postponing Tokyo Olympics to 2021

TOKYO — The IOC announced a first-of-its-kind postponement of the Summer Olympics on Tuesday, March 24, bowing to the realities of a coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down daily life around the globe and making planning for a massive worldwide gathering in July a virtual impossibility. ...

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 ...