Local Olympians

Local Olympians help Paul Smith’s College plan new sports initiative

PAUL SMITHS — Five of the area’s most successful homegrown Olympic stars have joined the Paul Smith’s College Advisory Committee for Olympic Sports, which will help guide the college’s new Olympic sports initiative. Four-time Olympic biathlete Tim Burke, a Paul Smiths native, is ...

Late-summer Nordic bash

LAKE PLACID — It was a big day of celebrating Nordic skiing in August on Wednesday at the Olympic Ski Jump Complex with a little freestyle fun thrown in to boot. Some of the best under-16 cross-country skiers in the United States were part of the event, which was highlighted by the ...

Top skiers face off in match race

LAKE PLACID — The Olympic Jumping Complex will host aerials, ski jumping and two special Nordic events — a 100-meter sprint and an agility course featuring Norway’s Ludvig Sognen Jensen and American Andy Newell — on Wednesday. The show begins at 1 p.m. with an aerials display ...

Mortensen begins new chapter

LAKE PLACID — Matt Mortensen is the kind of guy who likes to go fast, but it was still a bit of a surprise when he announced — after logging his best World Cup season to date and another trip to the Olympics — that he was retiring earlier than anticipated this summer. The ...

Luge World Cup returns to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are in the rear-view mirror and now the world’s best luge athletes begin focusing on the Beijing, China Winter Games just four years away. The journey toward those Games begins with the 2018-19 World Cup series which opens in late-November ...

Smith lands on home soil

LAKE PLACID — Caleb Smith has traveled across the globe helping guide some of the world’s best skeleton racers to the highest heights of glory. Now Smith is back home in his native Adirondacks ready to assist athletes on the American skeleton team, and he couldn’t be any happier. ...

Two-time Olympian Matt Mortensen retires

Matt Mortensen, a two-time Olympian in doubles luge and a five-time national champion, announced his retirement from sliding Wednesday after a career that spanned 20 years. Mortensen went to the Olympics in 2014 and 2018. He and his most recent doubles partner, Jayson Terdiman, were ...

US Bobsled hands out its annual awards

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Six USA Bobsled & Skeleton athletes received the federation’s annual awards on Saturday evening in Colorado Springs at the team’s end-of-the-year banquet. The gala marked the culmination of USABS’ 2018 National Team Camp, and the chosen athletes were ...

Jumpers like planned ski jump improvements

LAKE PLACID — The Olympic Jumping Complex recently got approval from the state Adirondack Park Agency for a whole mess of renovations. While a zip-line attraction and snow tubing hill are expected to be fun for the casual visitor, the actual jumps hold plenty of opportunities for the future ...

Kohn takes over as USA Bobsled coach

USA Bobsled has promoted Olympic medalist Mike Kohn to head coach of the national team, part of a significant overhaul of the coaching staff following a disappointing showing at the Pyeongchang Games. Kohn will be aided by another Olympic medalist, with Shauna Rohbock now added to the ...

Vonn rejoins NYSEF, Northwood team

LAKE PLACID — The New York Ski Educational Foundation and Northwood School recently announced the appointment of Thomas Vonn as Alpine Technical Director furthering the partnership the two organizations have enjoyed for decades. This new role is a collaborative effort to enhance their ...

Olympian Andrew Weibrecht reflects, looks ahead

LAKE PLACID — Olympian Andrew Weibrecht officially announced his retirement from alpine skiing recently. And although his competitive career that included winning two Olympic medals is over, the Lake Placid native has plenty on his plate. On Friday at his family’s resort, the Mirror ...

Burke starts second career with US Biathlon team

Four-time Olympian Tim Burke, who recently retired from competitive biathlon, will take over as the athlete development manager for the United States Biathlon team. As the athlete development manager, Burke, who officially starts work on May 21, is responsible for leading efforts to ...

From track to TV, Mazdzer sparkles

LAKE PLACID — Chris Mazdzer is a self-proclaimed non-dancer, but that didn’t stop him from Salsa dancing and swinging his partner in circles by his neck as she wrapped her thighs around him. The Lake House hotel hosted a viewing Monday night of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” ...

Mazdzer going Dancing

LAKE PLACID — The endless season of Chris Mazdzer continued this morning when the 2018 Olympic luge silver medalist was named to the cast of ABC television’s "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes." Mazdzer, who lives in Saranac Lake and Salt Lake City, Utah, is part of an all-athlete cast ...

Hanging up their rifles

SARANAC LAKE — As Lowell Bailey said from the stage of the Harrietstown Town Hall Wednesday, he and Tim Burke have been ski racing against each other since they were 6 or 7 years old. That competition intensified when Bailey moved from Old Forge to Lake Placid at age 10. Other kids his ...

Welcome home: Crowd loves local Olympians at Saranac Lake parade

SARANAC LAKE — Once an Olympian, always an Olympian. Preceded by the Saranac Lake High School marching band and throngs of elementary school kids, local athletes from this year’s Winter Olympic Games and those of the past enjoyed the cheers of a crowd along a parade route Wednesday ...

Crowd welcomes Olympians home at Saranac Lake parade

SARANAC LAKE — Once an Olympian, always an Olympian. Preceded by the Saranac Lake High School marching band and throngs of elementary school kids, local athletes from this year’s Winter Olympic Games and those of the past enjoyed the cheers of a crowd along a parade route Wednesday ...

American sledders rack up medals

LAKE PLACID — The 2017-2018 USA Bobsled and Skeleton season was highlighted by an Olympic silver medal, three overall tour titles and three World Cup gold medals as USABS athletes raced to 87 medals across six bobsled and skeleton tours. Women’s bobsled once again led the way for Team ...