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Winter Olympic Sports

Bascue earns top spot as US sets men’s team

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled announced the 11 athletes who have been named to the men’s national team. Athletes competed in a series of four selection races — two two-man races and two four-man races — to qualify for the team. Codie Bascue, of Whitehall, won three of four selection ...

U.S. para bobsledders return to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The word “veteran” has double meaning for U.S. para bobsledder Guillermo “Will” Castillo of Orlando, Florida. Like all members of the Para National Sliding Team for bobsledding and skeleton, he is also a military veteran — an Army sergeant, retired. And he’ll ...

U.S. Para Bobsled Team awaits 2026 Paralympics decision

LAKE PLACID — Officials from USA Bobsled and Skeleton’s Para National Team are keeping a lookout this week for news on whether para bobsled will be added to the winter Paralympics program for the first time in 2026 as the games are held in Milano Cortina, Italy. “This is a very ...

USA Bobsled/Skeleton 2020 Hall of Fame inductees announced

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled/Skeleton announced Wednesday, Dec. 9 the six individuals that will be inducted into its Hall of Fame. Steve Mesler, Tristan Gale Geisler, Randy Jones, Vonetta Flowers, James “Nitro” Morgan, and Geoff Bodine will be inducted as the eighth class. A celebration ...

Luge World Cup season begins without U.S. team

IGLS, Austria — Germany came to Austria on the first weekend of the Eberspacher World Cup luge season and, with the exception of the home team’s top doubles sled, dominated the field. It started Saturday, Nov. 28 with Felix Loch’s singles victory, and concluded Sunday when German ...

U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team announced

U.S. Ski & Snowboard recently announced the 23 athletes of the Davis U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team for the 2020-21 season. They kicked off competition with the traditional World Cup season opener in Ruka, Finland Nov. 27-29. Athletes named to the A Team for the 20-2021 season include 2018 ...

World Cup season begins this weekend without USA Luge

IGLS, Austria — The World Cup luge season begins Thanksgiving weekend in this small, picturesque village outside Innsbruck, Austria despite the national lockdown in that country caused by the coronavirus. The start of the pre-Olympic season will take place without the United States, ...

USA Bobsled women’s team announced

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled on Saturday, Nov. 21 announced its 10-athlete roster for the 2020-2021 women’s national team. Athletes competed in two races over the course of two days at Mount Van Hoevenberg to earn their spot on the team. The men will return to Lake Placid after ...

USA Skeleton names 2020-21 national team

LAKE PLACID — USA Skeleton on Saturday, Nov. 21 announced the 2020-2021 national team following a series of races at the Mount Van Hoevenberg track in Lake Placid. Two two-heat races were held over the last two days. Due to weather delays, all four heats were added together for points in ...

U.S. Biathlon names national team rosters

The biathlon World Cup season kicks off this weekend in Kontiolahti, Finland, and most names on the U.S. roster will be familiar to anyone who has followed the team in recent years. U.S. Biathlon announced this week that its International Competition Committee has named 10 athletes to compete ...

Former USA Luge President Dwight Bell elected FIL general secretary

SALZBURG, Austria — Dwight Bell was elected general secretary of the International Luge Federation on Friday, Nov. 20, at the organization’s 68th Congress held virtually in Salzburg, Austria. Bell, of Atlanta, was a former USA Luge racer who served several lengthy stints as president of ...

A November Mother’s Day for USA Luge

LAKE PLACID — At noon — an hour after USA Luge senior team members finished training on their home track at Mount Van Hoevenberg Sunday, Nov. 15 — seven of their mothers tried out the new Cliffside Coaster attraction. It was a Mother’s Day of sorts for the ”Luge ...

USA Luge sliders take season’s 1st runs at Mount Van Hoevenberg

LAKE PLACID — As snow flurries swirled around the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid Monday morning, Nov. 2, Jonny Gustafson of USA Luge officially opened the sliding season with the first run of autumn. Despite snow piling up causing a one-hour delay to the training session, ...

West captures 8th luge start title

LAKE PLACID — Two-time United States Olympian Tucker West proved for a record eighth time Monday that he is the fastest starter on the USA Luge team and at the top of the heap on the World Cup tour. West, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, won the annual Norton USA Luge Start Championship, and ...

Empire State Winter Games canceled for 2021

LAKE PLACID — The 2021 Empire State Winter Games have been canceled. In a news release on Tuesday, the games' organizers announced their decision to cancel the 41st annual event, citing uncertainty and safety concerns created by the coronavirus pandemic. The games were scheduled for ...

Meghan Duggan retires from U.S. women’s hockey team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), who was a mainstay of the U.S. Women’s National Team program for more than a decade and led the U.S. to unparalleled success on the international stage during a decorated career, announced her retirement on Tuesday, Oct. ...

USA Luge skipping early World Cup events

LAKE PLACID — USA Luge announced Monday that it will not compete in all World Cup events this winter due to the coronavirus pandemic. Citing athlete and staff safety in its statement, the national team will forego the first four World Cup events in Austria and Germany slated to run ...

Virus prompts USA Luge to skip first half of World Cup slate

USA Luge won’t compete in World Cup events until at least January, saying Monday that it will sit out the first four race weekends of this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Americans won’t slide in the season opener at Igls, Austria, on Nov. 28 and 29, then will also sit out ...