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Winter Olympic Sports

When can Van Ho host biathlon, ski World Cups?

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid organizers want to bring the world’s best Nordic skiers and biathletes back to Mount Van Hoevenberg now that New York state has invested $80 million upgrading the 1980 Winter Olympic venue to what is expected to be World Cup caliber. The hope in U.S. and ...

New Mount Van Hoevenberg biathlon facility built to ‘last 100 years’

LAKE PLACID — As Kris Cheney-Seymour gave a tour of the enormous new Mountain Pass Lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg on March 14, at one point he said, without breaking his matter-of-fact tone, this is now “one of the greatest Nordic venues on the planet.” He also said the investment will ...

A year like no other as USA Luge looks toward Beijing

LAKE PLACID — Across the sports landscape, the years 2020 into 2021 will be noted as arguably the most memorable in history. Trying to understand the path and lifespan of the coronavirus proved to be futile at best. Schedules in all sports have been changing on the fly. Policies established ...

WC bobsled tour skipping LP

Bobsledders and skeleton athletes from North America might be logging a lot of miles in the looming Olympic year, without any close-to-home races to help them out. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation released its tentative World Cup schedule for next season on Thursday, ...

Pavelich death ruled suicide

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Last month’s death of “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey standout Mark Pavelich was ruled a suicide, a Minnesota medical examiner said Monday. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County said in a news release that the 63-year-old Pavelich died of ...

World Cup bobsled, skeleton tour to skip Lake Placid

Bobsledders and skeleton athletes from North America might be logging a lot of miles in the looming Olympic year, without any close-to-home races to help them out. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation released its tentative World Cup schedule for next season Thursday, April ...

Gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — James “Jimmy” Shea Jr., a former Lake Placid resident who won the gold medal in skeleton at the 2002 Winter Olympics, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child in Utah, authorities said. Shea, who now lives in Utah, made his first court appearance Monday on one ...

Contest launched to design mascot for World University Games

LAKE PLACID — A contest is on to determine the mascot for the 2023 Winter World University Games, which will be held in Lake Placid in less than two years. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the design competition’s launch on Tuesday. The mascot will serve as a highly visible symbol of the ...

Fundraising underway for Miracle on Ice monument

LAKE PLACID — Fundraising is now underway for a monument to celebrate the Miracle on Ice hockey victory in 1980. The life-sized monument, designed by sculptor Rob Eccleston, would cost between $2 and $2.5 million and take three to four years to be placed in Lake Placid, according to ...

Biathlon bronze

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic — Susan Dunklee and Sean Doherty combined to give the United States its first medal in the single mixed relay since 2017 as the BMW IBU World Cup wrapped up two weeks of competition in Nove Mesto on Sunday, March 14. Dunklee was part of the previous podium ...

Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp postponed until 2022

LAKE PLACID — The sixth Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp was recently postponed for the third time in the past year, according to officials at the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. “In light of the COVID pandemic, the camp is so social in nature, we weren’t in a position to ...

Lake Placid will miss you, Pav

LAKE PLACID — There will always be a home for No. 16 — Mark Pavelich — in New York’s Olympic village, as his number from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team will eventually get retired at the Olympic Center’s Herb Brooks Arena. “Pav,” as his teammates called him, died Thursday, ...

Caldwell, Lillis capture silver in aerials worlds

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN — Wednesday at the FIS World Freestyle Championships marked a significant outing for the United States men’s and women’s aerials team. Both Chris Lillis and Ashley Caldwell gave the competition everything they had and ended the day with two silver medals for the ...

Diggins claims historic World Cup title for U.S.

With the cancellation of the FIS Cross-Country Ski World Cup finale, this coming weekend’s final event will now be something of a victory lap for overall World Cup champion Jessie Diggins of the United States. Diggins has officially clinched the historic title, just the second for an ...

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 ...