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Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

ORDA adds luger Jayson Terdiman to sponsor athlete lineup

LAKE PLACID - U.S. luger Jayson Terdiman is joining his doubles partner - Chris Mazdzer - as a new face of this village as the state Olympic Regional Development Authority has signed him up as a sponsor athlete.Mazdzer has been in the sponsor athlete program for multiple years, meaning he gets ...

Lake Placid ready for more World Cup bobsled, skeleton

LAKE PLACID - It's round two of sliding in Lake Placid this weekend as the second set of World Cup bobsled and skeleton races take place at the Olympic Sports Complex.The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation's season-opener was originally slated to take place two weeks ago in Park ...

Humphries golden in American debut

LAKE PLACID - Kaillie Humphries proved that she can win at any track, in any sled, and for any country in her return to women's bobsled competition this weekend in Lake Placid after taking a year off.Humphries, a Carlsbad, California resident who won the 2010 and 2014 Olympic gold medals for ...

Welcome, world: We’re ready for bobsled and skeleton

LAKE PLACID - The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will host its first of two International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Bobsled World Cup events this weekend at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg.The World Cup - with competition slated for Saturday and ...

U.S. Luge collects five medals on home ice

LAKE PLACID - The cold air that moved into the Adirondacks over the weekend made for fast ice at the Mount Van Hoevenberg track for the Viessmann Luge World Cup Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Track records were set, the U.S. luge team walked away with five medals, and the U.S. doubles sled ...

USA Luge’s coming home party

LAKE PLACID - Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher gave the United States National Luge Team its first medal of the season at the first World Cup in Innsbruck/Igls, Austria this past weekend, and the team is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving week on their home track training for World Cup ...

Luge season ready for liftoff

LAKE PLACID - Nearly nine months has elapsed since the last Viessmann World Cup luge race was held. Fast forward to the new 2019-2020 season, and the tour finds itself reconnecting on the familiar ice of Igls, Austria where the campaign gets underway Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24.Close ...

UP CLOSE: Wylie returns to town

LAKE PLACID - The first time figure skater Paul Wylie set foot in Lake Placid, he was at the cusp of becoming a teenager and already well into his athletic career. Little did he know he would eventually live here and work for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority.It was 1976, and ...

Lake Placid to host two IBSF World Cup races

LAKE PLACID - The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will be hosting the first two International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cups this year at Mount Van Hoevenberg, instead of only one as previously planned.The season-opening BMW IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup ...

Gustafson breaks through for title

LAKE PLACID - Summer Britcher successfully defended her Norton USA Luge National Championship on Saturday morning in Lake Placid, while Jonny Gustafson, part of the next wave of young U.S. luge racers, grabbed his first Norton crown.Over three-quarters of a mile, Britcher, of Glen Rock, ...

USA Skeleton announces Cup squads for upcoming season

LAKE PLACID - The World Cup and Intercontinental Cup squads for the 2019-2020 season were announced Sunday following a series of four USA Skeleton National Team Trials races in Lake Placid. Athletes accumulated points over the last two weeks in the race series to earn their positions on the ...

Olympic biathlete Maddie Phaneuf talks climate change at APA meeting

RAY BROOK - Olympic biathlete Maddie Phaneuf, who lives in Lake Placid, spoke to the state Adirondack Park Agency board on Friday, Oct. 11 with a sports-related message about climate change.Phaneuf was a member of the 2018 Winter Olympic biathlon team, but developed strep throat and the flu and ...