Local Olympians

Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock of the United States start their third heat during the two-man bobsled final Monday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The duo was the top American team with a 14th-place finish.
(AP photo — Wong Maye-E)

Fit to be tied: Canada, Germany share 2-man bobsled gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Justin Kripps and Francesco Friedrich stood side-by-side in celebration, the Canadian and German flags overlapping one another. Even then, they couldn’t be separated as the closest bobsled race in Olympic history left two countries jumping for ...

Driver Codie Bascue, of Whitehall, and Samuel McGuffie take a curve during the two-man bobsled competition Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
 (AP photo - Michael Sohn)

Germany, Canada lead in 2-man bobsled, US struggles

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Christian Poser is the husband of an American bobsled star. Justin Kripps was born in Hawaii. And the way things are looking, they both could win Olympic two-man medals on Monday night. Thing is, Poser races for Germany and Kripps drives for Canada. And the ...

Chris Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, brakes in the finish area after his first luge run Saturday at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
(AP photo — Michael Sohn)

Mazdzer’s humbling breakthrough

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The math humbled Chris Mazdzer. He’s one of 33 American men who have competed in singles luge competitions at the Olympics. The way he sees it, each of them devoted somewhere between 10 to 20 years to the sport and the quest of becoming the first to win a ...

Chris Mazdzer of United States brakes in the finish area after his first luge run at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

North Country luge tech

LAKE PLACID — It’s not just the slider who wins Olympic luge races. It’s also the sled. In a sport in which thousandths of a second make the difference between medaling or not, equipment matters big-time. It takes engineering, innovative materials, skilled manufacturing and custom ...

John Daly  waves in the finish area after his final skeleton run Friday in South Korea. 
(AP photo — Andy Wong)

Daly can finally close book on Sochi

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — There was no medal. There also was no disaster. For U.S. skeleton veteran John Daly, that was enough. This is why Daly put his real-world life on hold again for a couple years and came back to skeleton: He had to make sure that his final memory of an ...

Burke, Bailey struggle through 20K

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A day after being postponed due to high winds, the women’s 15-kilometer individual race took place Thursday ahead of the men’s 20K individual at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. All four U.S. women shot 80 percent or better on the range at the Alpensia ...

Andrew Weibrecht (Photo provided by U.S. Ski Team)

Lake Placid’s Weibrecht doesn’t finish his only Olympic run

JEONGSEON, South Korea — Lake Placid’s Andrew Weibrecht’s Olympics consisted of just one ski run today, but he skied off course and did not finish it. U.S. teammate Ted Ligety had done the same just before. It was a quick exit in the Super-G, the alpine event in which Weibrecht ...

Chris Mazdzer, left, Summer Britcher, Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman react in the finish area after their luge team relay run Thursday at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
(AP photo — Andy Wong)

Germany slides into relay gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — When the International Olympic Committee added a luge team relay to the program seven years ago, part of the rationalization was that it would provide more medal chances for women. Natalie Geisenberger and Alex Gough surely approve. Geisenberger became the ...

A cutout of Chris Mazdzer appears to be looking out over the massive crowd assembled at the Winter Carnival Ice Palace this morning for a watch party to view the luge team relay race live from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Mazdzer’s masses: Large turnout for luge watch party

SARANAC LAKE — Hundreds of people gathered at the Winter Carnival Ice Palace at 7:30 this morning to watch the Olympic luge team relay and cheer on local hero Chris Mazdzer. The official “watch party” was filmed by NBC, and a clip appeared on this morning’s “Today” show. On the ...

Johannes Thingnes Boe skis during the 20-kilometer individual biathlon race Thursday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
(AP photo — Gregorio Borgia)

Fourcade falters as Boe takes gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Martin Fourcade’s rare collapse on the final shoot of the 20-kilometer individual race handed Norwegian rival Johannes Thingnes Boe his first Olympic gold medal in biathlon on Thursday. Fourcade, the world’s top-ranked biathlete and already a gold ...

Matt Antoine brakes in the finish area after his second skeleton run in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 
(AP photo — Wong Maye-E)

Antoine in 11th position after first two runs

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Matt Antoine is 11th and John Daly sits in the 13th position after the first two heats of men’s skeleton competition at the Olympic Sliding Center in Alpensia. The Olympic medal deciding runs will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m Eastern time. Antoine, the ...

United States' Thomas Biesemeyer makes a jump during men's downhill training at the Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Saturday.
(AP photo — Alessandro Trovati)

Training injury ends Biesemeyer’s ski season

Alpine skier Tommy Biesemeyer, of Keene, suffered a heartbreaking injury in training today that ended his first Olympics right before they were about to begin. On the eve of his first Olympic event, the men’s downhill, his right ankle was hurt during training, according to U.S. Ski & ...

Fireworks burst over the Ice Palace to close the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Sunday night. NBC's "Today" show will broadcast from the Palace Thursday morning as people gather there to watch Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer race live in the Olympic luge team relay. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

‘Today’ coming to Palace

SARANAC LAKE — A crew from NBC’s “Today” show will travel here to cover a watch party for local Winter Olympic medalist Chris Mazdzer in the luge team relay Thursday morning. Carrie Gentile, spokeswoman for the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, confirmed that NBC ...

‘The Tobys’ reign again as doubles luge champions

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Just about everyone in the international luge world refers to the German team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt as “the Tobys,” for obvious reasons. Call them two-time Olympic champions now, too. As most expected, a German team won the doubles luge title ...

Justin Olsen
(AP photo — Kerstin Joensson)

Olsen prepares to resume sliding

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Justin Olsen has used his time off wisely, and he thinks he is ready to get in a sled again. The U.S. bobsledder who underwent an emergency appendectomy shortly before the start of the Pyeongchang Olympics will be in his sled Thursday for the start of ...

Fireworks burst over the Ice Palace to close the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Sunday night. NBC's "Today" show will broadcast from the Palace Thursday morning as people gather there to watch Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer race live in the Olympic luge team relay. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

‘Today’ TV crew will come to Saranac Lake for Mazdzer luge watch party

SARANAC LAKE — A crew from NBC’s “Today” show will travel here to cover a watch party for local Winter Olympic medalist Chris Mazdzer in the luge team relay Thursday morning. Carrie Gentile, spokeswoman for the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, confirmed that NBC ...

Erin Hamlin, of Remsen, prepares to start her third run of the women's luge final Tuesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 
(AP photo — Michael Sohn)

German star defends luge title in Hamlin’s last race

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Natalie Geisenberger refuses to call herself the best women’s luge athlete ever. The history books may do it for her. Germany has yet another Olympic gold medalist after Geisenberger prevailed in the women’s luge final on Tuesday — her second ...

Erin Hamlin of the United States prepares to start her third run during the women's luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday. (AP photo — Michael Sohn)

Hamlin takes 6th place, leading US luge women

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Erin Hamlin finished sixth in her fourth and final Olympics, the best of the three American women in the race. The luge racer from Remsen, New York, just outside the Adirondack Park toward Utica, won a bronze medal at the 2014 games in Russia. She has said she ...

Sue Sweeney, left, the mother of Emily Sweeney of the United States, cries out as her daughter crashes on the final run during the women's luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday. (AP photo — Wong Maye-E)

Luger Emily Sweeney crashes out of Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American luger Emily Sweeney, whose father is from Saranac Lake, crashed out of the Pyeongchang Olympics today, losing control of her sled midway through the final run of the competition. There was no immediate word on the nature of Sweeney's injury. She was ...