Local Olympians

Meyers Taylor drives to gold medal

LAKE PLACID — As one of the best and most experienced women’s bobsled drivers on the planet, Elana Meyers Taylor wanted nothing else more than winning on her home track when the World Cup tour made a stop in Lake Placid on Friday. The American veteran got her wish, topping the field ...

Home cookin’ on home ice

LAKE PLACID — Elana Meyers Taylor is excited for the opportunity to battle the Europeans on home ice. Brittany Reinbolt is happy not to be sitting inside in an office. And Hunter Church is thrilled to have the chance to drive his “bus” not far away from where he grew up. This ...

Mazdzer ends his World Cup season

LAKE PLACID — As the result of a neck injury incurred in mid-January, 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer has ended his luge season. He will return to the United States on Monday to be examined by USA Luge team doctor and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Eugene Byrne, of Lake Placid Sports ...

Sweeney takes fourth

ALTENBERG, Germany — In a race affected by heavy snowfall, World Championship bronze medalist Emily Sweeney plowed her way to fourth place Sunday in a World Cup luge race in Altenberg. The weather was much appreciated by the aficionados at nearby Skilifte Rehefeld, but not so much at the ...

Sweeney bronzed in Winterberg

WINTERBERG, Germany — Emily Sweeney made her way all the way back from last year’s debilitating crash at the Olympics to win a bronze medal Saturday at the luge World Championships in Winterberg, Germany. It was Sweeney’s first career World Championship podium result, and the 17th ...

Sweeney just off Championships podium

WINTERBERG, Germany — Pyeongchang Olympian Emily Sweeney paced all Americans with a fourth-place effort Friday in the sprint race as the luge World Championships got underway in Winterberg, Germany. Earlier, on a cloudy, 25-degree afternoon in Hochsauerland, 2018 Olympic silver ...

Mazdzer hurting going into worlds

Chris Mazdzer is giving his neck a bit of a rest, with the hopes of having a medal draped around it at this weekend’s luge world championships. The 2018 Olympic men’s singles silver medalist from Saranac Lake is planning to compete in only doubles and the team relay events at the ...

Mazdzer tops Americans in singles

SIGULDA, Latvia — USA Luge finished fourth in Sunday’s World Cup team relay in Sigulda as the weekend concluded just the way it started. It was literally a homecoming for Latvia and Russia. The former took their first-ever gold medal in the team relay, while the latter placed 1-2 in ...

Luge: Britcher wins silver, relay team takes bronze in Germany

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — On another day affected by Bavarian weather, USA Luge raced to a bronze medal Sunday in a World Cup team relay on the oldest track in the world in Koenigssee. The foursome of singles racers Summer Britcher and Tucker West, with the doubles sled of Chris Mazdzer and ...

Luge back in action after break

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — It was a short holiday break for USA Luge. After concluding the first half of the World Cup season with a weekend stop in Lake Placid in mid December, where Americans captured two sprint silver medals, team members remained in the Olympic Village for additional training ...

Home sweet home

LAKE PLACID — Emily Sweeney and Chris Mazdzer have already pleasantly surprised themselves by meeting some of the goals they set out to accomplish heading into the World Cup luge season. Along with the rest of their American teammates, the two veterans with local ties are hoping for ...

VIC trail expansion takes another step

PAUL SMITHS — The Paul Smith’s College VIC took another step in its Nordic ski trail expansion in November when the VIC hosted John Morton of Morton Trails. Morton, a former Olympic athlete and ski coach at Dartmouth College, spent most of the day on foot exploring trail improvement ...

Mazdzer records two top 10s

WHISTLER, B.C. — On a night of track records at Whistler, when the 2010 Olympic run cruised in and out of the fog, World Cup luge fans were treated Friday to the highest speeds on the circuit. USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, had a significant say on the team’s best results ...

Gustafson opens with career-best

IGLS, Austria — USA Luge placed three in the top 10 in World Cup sprint racing as the opening weekend came to a close Sunday just outside Innsbruck, Austria. Once again in warm conditions, 2014 and 2018 Olympian Summer Britcher led the effort finishing just off the podium in fourth ...

Uihlein funds luge wind tunnel trip

LAKE PLACID — The Uihlein Foundation in Lake Placid has continued its support of USA Luge with the recent announcement of grant money to fund an all-important session in the San Diego Wind Tunnel on Dec. 10. Time spent at the facility has produced medals in the past two Winter Games, with ...

World Cup luge season kicks off in Austria

IGLS, Austria — Nine months after Erin Hamlin carried the American flag into the Pyeongchang Opening Ceremony, followed by Chris Mazdzer’s Olympic silver medal two nights later, USA Luge is ready to begin the four-year run-up to Beijing 2022. That start takes place with the Viessmann ...

Biesemeyer, Decker return to US Ski Team

PARK CITY, Utah (November 16, 2018) – After a productive final prep period camp featuring sunshine, blue skies, “hero snow” and many very early, cold mornings at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain the last couple of weeks, U.S. Ski & Snowboard has officially ...

USA Luge suits up for season

LAKE PLACID — With the new quadrennial cycle underway, USA Luge has commissioned Saranac Lake graphic artist Derek Lavoie to design the team’s race suits for the charge toward the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. The new design features a white-to-dark blue-gradient fade on ...

Mazdzer, Britcher slide to top spots

LAKE PLACID — Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer won his eighth Norton USA Luge National Championship on Saturday in Lake Placid, while Olympic teammate Summer Britcher secured her second U.S. title in conditions that changed from clouds to snow to freezing rain. Britcher and ...