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Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

Olympics inspire ’80 Blue Bombers team

LAKE PLACID - At the Olympic Center during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, cheese sticks were a currency.North Elba Park District Manager Gene "Butch" Martin, 68, served as operations manager at the Olympic Center at the time. He remembers those games as a blur of rapid-fire activity, endless ...

Mike Eruzione’s new book about 1980 Olympics a best-seller

LAKE PLACID - There were 10 minutes left in the game when U.S. hockey team captain Mike Eruzione shot what would become the deciding goal in a game that made history.At first, he didn't realize what he'd done. In his new book about the legendary 1980 Olympic match between the U.S. and Soviet ...

Castillo earns bronze in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID - Dave Nicholls of Israel and Canada's Lonnie Bissonnette each earned gold and silver medals in Para-Bobsled World Cup races held Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7 at the Mount Van Hoevenberg run in Lake Placid.The IBSF competitions featured a field 20 athletes representing a ...

Marsicano returns to give back

LAKE PLACID - Over 15 years ago, a promising young short track speed skater named Trevor Marsicano started training for long track on the Lake Placid Olympic Speed Skating Oval, hoping to train in both styles of skating. He would go on to skating glory in long track, winning a World title and ...

Governor proposes $147M more for Olympic venue upgrades

LAKE PLACID - Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues.The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, and if approved ...

Church reaches first World Cup podium

IGLS, Austria - Hunter Church, Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Kris Horn claimed the bronze medal in four-man bobsled World Cup in Igls on Sunday, Jan. 19. It was Church's first week in Igls, but his enthusiasm was bigger than his inexperience."This sport is my passion," Church said. "There ...

2019 was a hall of fame year for Jim Shea Jr.

LAKE PLACID - U.S. Olympic skeleton gold medalist Jim Shea Jr. was recently inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, four months after being named to the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Hall of Fame.Shea's parents, Judy and Jim Shea Sr. of Lake Placid, were at the Oct. 14 induction ceremony ...