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Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

Lake Placid rejoices in its Olympic past, builds for its future

LAKE PLACID — The benefits of a miracle have been reaped in Lake Placid for 40 years. The plan now is to keep those miracles — and miracle-seekers — coming. Parts of Lake Placid’s sports landscape are largely under construction again these days, a plan that walks a tightrope ...

Athletes describe their Olympic roots in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Four Olympians and two aspiring Olympians — ranging from ages 16 to 65 — shared stories about their relationship to this village’s Olympic legacy Monday, Feb. 17 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The event — “Lake Placid’s Olympic Legacy: An Athlete’s ...

The grateful 8

LAKE PLACID — Sean McDevitt was a 16-year-old from Idaho on Jan. 31, 1980, when he began helping 51 other runners from around the United States bring the Olympic flame from Yorktown, Virginia, to Lake Placid for the XIII Olympic Winter Games. “There were three of us that were really ...

Short track action speeds through Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID - Combining the thrill of NASCAR racing, the precision of cycling and the speed and agility of hockey, short track speedskating is one of the most extreme sports on skates. Fifty competitors representing three countries - the United States, Canada and Hong Kong - sped into the ...

The grateful 8

LAKE PLACID - Sean McDevitt was a 16-year-old from Idaho on Jan. 31, 1980, when he began helping 51 other runners from around the United States bring the Olympic flame from Yorktown, Virginia, to Lake Placid for the XIII Olympic Winter Games."There were three of us that were really young: ...

Wyoming’s Olympic torch runner remembers 1980 games

LAKE PLACID - When torch bearer Steve Simon arrived in Lake Placid last week, he realized that the village looked pretty much the same as it had in 1980, when he arrived here prior to the XIII Olympic Winter Games."It's very much the same, which is very gratifying," he said at the High Peaks ...

Jack, Marina LaDuke recall their role in the 1980 Olympics

LAKE PLACID - Every time the U.S. hockey team scored a goal over the Soviets Feb. 22 during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, a cowbell was rung outside the door of the Russian News Agency TASS.Students were dismissed from school during the games, and the Lake Placid Middle-High School was ...

Show honors 1980 Olympic figure skating team

LAKE PLACID - "This show was all about telling their stories," said Paul Wylie, 1992 Olympic figure skating silver medalist and director of sport for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, referring to the 1980 Olympic figure skating team - the "Dream Team" - and the "Dream On" gala ...

Scott Hamilton hosts Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer fundraiser

LAKE PLACID - Tuesday, Feb. 18, was certainly quite the day for skating in Lake Placid, even more than usual.That's because it featured two skating events - the Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer fundraiser to benefit the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Olympic Speedskating Oval and ...