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Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

Sliding track off to fast start

LAKE PLACID - While big machines and trucks moved earth, stone and building material below working on the project that's totally transforming the Olympic Sports Complex, members of the United States Luge team were higher up on Mount Van Hoevenberg Tuesday morning, trying out the ice for the ...

USA Luge collects 2 golds, 1 silver

LILLEHAMMER, Norway - Five days into its first preseason camp of the fall, USA Luge athletes donned their race faces on Saturday, and dominated the annual Lillehammer Cup exhibition event on the 1994 Olympic course.The doubles team of 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, ...

USA Luge prepares for Running of the Balls fundraiser

LAKE PLACID - The fifth annual USA Luge Running of the Balls fundraiser, sponsored by Duluth Trading Company, will take place Saturday, Nov. 30 after the conclusion of the World Cup luge event at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sliding Complex.Proceeds from the event help support the team's ...

Waiting in limbo

LAKE PLACID - A two-time Olympic gold medalist is currently waiting in limbo, hoping to return to a sport where she is one of the best in the world.It's hard to imagine women's Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries, who has arguably been the face of Canadian bobsledding for years, competing for ...

Meyers Taylor wins title before taking season off

LAKE PLACID - Elana Meyers Taylor, the most decorated female member of the United States bobsled team, entered the season on a winning note when she claimed a title Thursday, Sept. 19 during the 2019 USA Bobsled Push Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid.It was the first ...

Bobsled push championships launch season

LAKE PLACID - The 2019 USA Bobsled Push Championships will kick off the competitive season on the wheeled push track in Lake Placid on Thursday. Competing in push championships is required for returning bobsled athletes who are vying for a spot on the 2019-2020 USA Bobsled National Team."We're ...

Top bobsledder Kaillie Humphries wants to race for US instead of Canada

Kaillie Humphries, a two-time Olympic bobsled gold medalist for Canada and one of the top drivers in her sport's history, is planning to race for the U.S. this coming season and beyond - including at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.Humphries has been seeking her release from Canada for several weeks, ...

‘Miracle on Ice’ player Mark Pavelich charged in attack

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) - Mark Pavelich, a forward on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team who went on to play for the New York Rangers and two other NHL teams, has been charged with assault for allegedly beating a neighbor with a metal pole and breaking several of the man's ...

Hubbell, Donohue dazzle in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID - On Aug. 10, US Ice Dance Champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue starred in the Saturday Night Ice Show alongside 12 other skaters, performing to an energetic Queen medley and the dramatic folk-rock song "Oats in the Water," by Ben Howard.The large audience appreciated all ...

ORDA unveils $100M Olympic Center overhaul

LAKE PLACID - The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is moving forward with a large-scale, $100 million modernization project at the Olympic Center that officials say will "define the Lake Placid experience for the next 30 years."The Olympic Center includes the figure skating, hockey ...

LaBrake stays connected to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID - Native Lake Placidian Jeff LaBrake, an elite competitive figure skater, ice show performer and coach who has traveled the world, returns to his hometown every summer to share his love and knowledge of skating with a new generation of skaters at the Olympic Center. "I have so many ...

Tennell draws a crowd at Ice Show

LAKE PLACID - Olympic medalist Bradie Tennell, the 2018 U.S. Ladies Champion, returned to Lake Placid to star in the Saturday Night Ice Show on July 20. She skated alongside 20 Lake Placid Summer Skating program skaters, making it the largest Saturday Night Ice Show so far this summer.Tennell, ...

Shea ice built for figure skaters

LAKE PLACID - White, black or unpainted - which ice color is best to skate on?Frequent visitors to the 1932 Jack Shea Arena in Lake Placid's Olympic Center might notice something different these days. While the rink still boasts skaters of all ages and abilities participating in the Lake Placid ...

‘The Greatest Showman’ takes centerstage in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID - The finale of the July 13 Saturday Night Ice Show was set to the song, "The Greatest Show" from the 2017 musical hit The Greatest Showman, appropriate considering that the skater who perhaps embodies showmanship the most was the star on this night.Skating alongside 14 skaters ...

Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Riding a wave of widespread Italian enthusiasm to be an Olympic host, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the 2026 Winter Games.International Olympic Committee members voted 47-34 for the long-favored Milan-Cortina bid over Stockholm-Are from Sweden ...

Terdiman ready for another season with Mazdzer

LAKE PLACID - An unusual arrangement emerged on the USA Luge team last season, as Olympic silver medal-winning solo slider Chris Mazdzer joined Jayson Terdiman on the doubles sled.It turned out to be a winning combination as the pair reached the podium at Mount Van Hoevenberg, and Terdiman says ...

Luge World Cup to make another stop in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID - The International Luge Federation (FIL) announced its World Cup racing schedule for the upcoming winter, and it includes a Thanksgiving weekend stop in Lake Placid.The FIL finalized the schedule for the 2019-20 Viessmann Luge World Cup will start off in Innsbruck-Igls, Austria on ...