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Erin Hamlin and Chris Mazdzer pose for a photo in March at the USA Luge headquarters in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Luge season starts with a bang

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IGLS, Austria – The most important World Cup luge season in any quadrennium begins this weekend outside Innsbruck, the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic site. It’s significant for the simple reason that the first five races prior to the holiday break will determine the final field of Olympic ...

Curling family vies for Olympics

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OMAHA, Neb. — When one of his games at the U.S. Olympic curling trials was in a lull, Matt Hamilton couldn’t help but take a peek at the proceedings on the adjacent ice sheet. That’s where his sister Becca was playing. The Hamiltons of McFarland, Wisconsin, are here together to ...

Americans, from left, Codie Bascue, Sam McGuffie, Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock celebrate following last Friday’s two-man World Cup bobsled competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid. Bascue and McGuffie took home the gold medal, while Olsen and Weinstock earned a bronze in the race.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Bobsled World Cup tour resumes in Park City

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PARK CITY, Utah — Following USA Bobsled & Skeleton’s five-medal performance in the World Cup season-opening races in Lake Placid last week, the tour moves to Park City, Utah, for its second leg. Because last week’s four-man race in Lake Placid was canceled due to unseasonably ...

Brakeman Lolo Jones of the United States looks on during a flower presentation following the women's bobsledding World Cup event Dec. 7, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Jones and her pilot Jamie Greubel tied for second place.  (AP photo — Rick Bowmer)

Lolo Jones begins another Olympic quest

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LAKE PLACID — There are six women pushing bobsleds this season for the U.S. national team. Of those, only three will be picked to race in the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. Lolo Jones is in the group of six. She would do anything to be in the group of three. Her World Cup season ...

Russia’s Olympic fate to be decided on Dec. 5

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GENEVA — The International Olympic Committee will decide on Dec. 5 if Russia can compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Russia faces being banned from the Feb. 9-25 games in South Korea as punishment for state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The IOC said on Friday that a ...

Chinese athlete makes quick splash in skeleton

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Geng Wenqiang is, without question, the best skeleton racer China has ever produced. Then again, he’s also the first. Geng finished seventh out of a field of 31 in his first World Cup race last weekend in Lake Placid, and knows he’ll be getting plenty of ...

Russia’s hopes for Winter Olympics dimming

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SEOUL, South Korea — The World Anti-Doping Agency dealt a blow today to Russia’s hopes of competing at next year’s Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country’s suspended anti-doping operation. At its meeting in South Korea, WADA said two key requirements for reinstating ...

NAC skeleton athletes rally for eight medals

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LAKE PLACID — The Intercontinental Cup, European Cup and North American Cup skeleton circuits were all in action last weekend as Team USA managed to collect eight medals, all of which came from the NAC athletes in Calgary, Canada.  Veronica Day, of Vienna, Virginia, led the medal haul ...

French skier dies after training crash

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PARIS (AP) — French downhill skier David Poisson, a former medalist at the world championships, died on Monday following a training crash in Canada. He was 35. The French Ski Federation said Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds, was training in the Canadian resort ...

Saranac Lake freshman Gwen Mader, right, and senior Madison Grimone round a muddy corner during the girls Class C NYSPHSAA cross country championships Saturday in Ontario Center. Mader finished the race 66th with a time of 22:50.8 and Grimone placed 68th in 22:54.8.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Runners tackle challenging course at state meet

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ONTARIO CENTER — Hundreds of runners from around the state gathered in Ontario Center on Saturday, and although they were supposedly taking on each other, each and every boy and girl had the same opponent: the course. The 5-kilometer course, set up at Wayne Central High School, was ...

Lake Placid defenders Hayden Plank (16) and Jaso Hannula converge on Byron-Bergen forward Sam Pringle during the opening half of Saturday’s state Class C semifinal match in Middletown.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Bombers’ magic runs out

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MIDDLETOWN — A historic run for the Lake Placid boys soccer team ended one game short of a trip to the state Class C championship match, as the Byron-Bergen/Elba Bees blanked the Blue Bombers 4-0 Saturday in semifinal action at Middletown High School’s Faller Field. The Blue ...

United States bobsled pilot Codie Bascue and brakeman Sam McGuffie push their sled to begin their first of two runs in Friday’s World Cup competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The pair put down the fastest runs in both heats to claim the gold medal as the World Cup tour wrapped up its first week of competition.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Basking in World Cup gold

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LAKE PLACID — Growing up just a couple hours down the Northway from Lake Placid in Whitehall, Codie Bascue found out he really liked the sport of bobsledding when he was introduced to the sport during a youth program on the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Back then, the thought of being ...

Jamie Gruebel Poser, front, and Aja Evans push at the start of their women’s World Cup two-man bobsled run Thursday at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Complex. The duo finished fourth in the event, while the American team of Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs took the silver behind Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Americans collect opening medals

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LAKE PLACID — Bobsled and skeleton athletes took to the ice at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Thursday for the first of eight World Cup events that will lead to next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Under clear skies, several dozen sliding athletes from around the world ...

Holcomb gone, but not forgotten

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LAKE PLACID — Some of Steven Holcomb’s ashes are scattered at Mount Van Hoevenberg, the track where the longtime U.S. bobsled driver dominated like no other for about the last two decades. His initials are on the speedsuits that his teammates will wear this season. His words still echo ...

From left, Ryan Bailey, Sam Michener and Chris Kinney, three of a dozen push athletes on the U.S. men’s bobsled team, work on their sled Wednesday in preparation for today’s season-opening World Cup event at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Action kicked off this morning with women’s skeleton, followed by men’s and women’s two-man bobsled this afternoon. Men’s skeleton and another two-man bobsled event will take place Friday. 
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Sledders look to continue legacy of success

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LAKE PLACID — With veteran pilots Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser paving the way, there’s little doubt that the American women are heading into this bobsled World Cup and Olympic season as the team to beat. The United States men will have to regain that status as they ...