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Winter Olympic Sports

Winners announced for USA Luge’s Running of the Balls

LAKE PLACID — In its final race of the season, USA Luge shattered a team record. The organization announced Monday, Feb. 22 that the sixth annual Duluth Trading Company Running of the Balls fundraiser doubled its previous best effort. The sale of 1,800 balls plus sponsor donations, ...

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 ...

Uhlaender places 6th in final worlds race

ALTENBERG, Germany — Americaan Katie Uhlaenderheld back tears at the finish, disappointed that she fell back into sixth place in the women’s skeleton World Championship finale on Friday, Feb. 12. In the same race, Kendall Wesenberg of Modesto, California finished 19th, and Sara ...

Freestyle team names World Championship roster

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named 16 athletes to represent the United States at the 2021 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Kazakhstan March 8-11.  The Freestyle World Championships were originally scheduled to take place in Zhangjiakou, China, as well as serve as test events for ...

Shiffrin strikes gold in Italy

Mikaela Shiffrin struck gold on Monday, Feb. 15, in the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, winning the super-G-slalom alpine combined event by an impressive margin. It is her second medal of the 2021 World Championships in Italy, her sixth career world title, and her ninth career World ...

Ligety to retire after 17-year career

Two-time Olympic champion and Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Ted Ligety has announced his retirement, capping a storied 17-year career. Ligety announced on Tuesday that he will stand in the start gate one final time on the world stage in the giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Gordy Sheer, USA Luge

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Gordy Sheer, director of marketing and sponsorships at USA Luge, about the upcoming Running of the Balls fundraiser. More than 1,000 lacrosse balls will be sent down the mile-long luge track at Mount Van Hoevenberg to raise money ...

Luge + lacrosse = Winter Olympic hopefuls

LAKE PLACID — Thousands will be competing on the combined luge, bobsled and skeleton track at Mount Van Hoevenberg later this month — all at the same time, in about 2 minutes. Lacrosse balls, that is, not lugers. It’s time once again for the Running of the Balls at the Olympic ...

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 ...

US women take top 2 spots in World Cup finale

IGLS, Austria — The United States dominated in the two-woman bobsled World Cup finale in Igls on Saturday, Jan. 30 by claiming gold and silver medals as Kaillie Humphries drove to victory and Elana Meyers Taylor piloted her sled to a close runner-up result. Humphries, of Carlsbad, ...

U.S. women bobsledders collect more bling at Koenigssee

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) claimed gold and silver medals, respectively, Saturday, Jan. 23 in the women’s monobob World Cup in Koenigssee. This is only the second monobob World Cup race that the American team has ...

Biathlon report outlines corrupt conduct, favors for Russia

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — A report commissioned by the International Biathlon Union stated Thursday there was evidence of "systematic corrupt and unethical conduct at the very top" of the governing body, especially in protecting Russia on doping issues. The report, published in a redacted ...

Phaneuf, Levins shine at IBU Cup in Germany

Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge) and Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) both raced to career-best senior-competition finishes at the IBU Cup in Arber, Germany. On Jan. 22 in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint, Phaneuf, 25, shot clean to place fourth in the field of 124, just 3.4 seconds from the bronze ...

Bascue posts career-best finish in two-man sled at Koenigssee

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) teamed with Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) for his personal best two-man bobsled World Cup finish in Koenigssee on Jan. 23. Bascue and Horn finished 11th, bettering Bascue’s former personal best from the 2014-2015 season by four spots. ...

Britcher wins luge bronze in Austria

IGLS, Austria — In USA Luge’s COVID-impacted season, the women’s singles and sprint races on Sunday, Jan. 24 produced the team’s finest hour to date as Summer Britcher picked up a bronze medal in the Eberspacher World Cup singles event. It was the first medal of this truncated ...

Humphries’ golden debut wins monobob debut

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — American Kaillie Humphries, of Carlsbad, California, won the first women’s monobob competition she’s ever entered at the St. Moritz World Cup on Saturday, Jan. 16. U.S. teammate Elana Meyers Taylor, of Douglasville, Georgia finished fifth. Humphries and ...

Start record leads to silver

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman, of Arlington, Texas, set a start record en route to a silver medal performance in women’s ing’s women’s bobsled World Cup racing on Sunday, Jan. 17. Kaillie Humphries teamed with Lauren Gibbs of Los Angeles, for ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...