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Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

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 ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Wayne Coffey, author, “The Boys of Winter”

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed former New York Daily News Sports Writer Wayne Coffey about his 2005 book, “The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.” It is about the “Miracle on Ice” game, and the ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Butch Martin, North Elba Park District

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo interviewed North Elba Park District Manager Butch Martin about his role at the Olympic Center rinks during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake ...

Jansen inspires Lake Placid crowd

LAKE PLACID — There are only a few speedskaters who have commanded the public’s imagination in the last 50 years. There is Apolo Anton Ohno, a short track skater known not only for his eight Olympic medals in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Olympic Games, but for winning the reality TV dancing ...

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. ...

Eruzione says he didn’t know being at Trump rally would divide fans

The rally appearance, the red “Keep America Great” hats — none of it was planned, according to Mike Eruzione. On Friday, Feb. 21, members of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team who stunned the world with a win over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake ...

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 ...

A ‘Miracle’ in a time of doubt

LAKE PLACID — It was a Monday, Aug. 11, 2003. New York Daily News Sports Writer Wayne Coffey had an appointment to interview 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey Coach Herb Brooks on the phone that evening for an upcoming book, “The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 ...

Rosen hands CEO reins over to McGuire

LAKE PLACID — John Rosen was sipping coffee while watching the sunrise, soaking in retirement with his wife, Nancy Rosen, at a campground in Oregon. It was July 2019, and the furthest thing from Rosen’s mind was the sliding sports of bobsled and skeleton. That is until he got a call ...

Lake Placid junior lugers earn top 10s

OBERHOF, Germany — USA Luge ended the Junior World Championships on Saturday, Feb. 22 in warm and windy Oberhof with a fourth-place result in the team competition, while doubles teams Sean Hollander and Michael O’Gara took sixth, Dana Kellogg with Duncan Segger were eighth, and Maya Chan ...

USA Luge ends competitive season in the coming weeks

LAKE PLACID — With the international luge season winding down in the coming days, attention turns to the annual domestic races in March that close the competitive season for USA Luge. Koenigssee, Germany is the site of the World Cup finals Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1, as the ...