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Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

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 ...