Local Olympians

Ski with a two-time Olympic medalist

LAKE PLACID — In the spring, Andrew Weibrecht ended a 16-year alpine skiing career that included Olympic silver and bronze medals. That announcement opened a door for recreational skiers who are guests of Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, owned by his parents Ed and Lisa Weibrecht. Starting ...

Double up: Mazdzer sliding singles and doubles for USA Luge

Olympic luge silver medalist Chris Mazdzer is doubling up this winter. Mazdzer has decided to compete in both singles and doubles in World Cup events, in large part because USA Luge didn’t have another option to partner with Olympic doubles veteran Jayson Terdiman. If the Americans ...

USA Luge welcomes new board members

LAKE PLACID — Three new board members and a group of award winners emerged from last Saturday’s meetings of the USA Luge board of directors, followed by its annual membership meeting. USA Luge President Erin Warren, a two-time Olympian, welcomed Nonie Manion, Scott McIntyre and Bob ...

War Horse retreats to home pasture

LAKE PLACID — Andrew Weibrecht steers his pickup truck off the main drag of the Olympic village where he grew up and heads down a narrow, wooded dirt road to water’s edge, grabs a fishing pole and gazes out at windswept Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain looming in the distance like a ...

Lugers throw down fast starts

LAKE PLACID — Tucker West and Summer Britcher, both two-time Olympians, won their respective divisions Sunday afternoon in the annual Norton USA Luge Start Championships in Lake Placid. Pyeongchang Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer was third behind West and Jonny Gustafson. For ...

Weibrecht named to Hall of Fame

LAKE PLACID — Upon concluding a ski racing career that included Olympic silver and bronze medals, Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, will be among eight skiers, boarders and snow sport officials to be inducted next year into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum. Weibrecht, son ...

Mazdzer returns to the ice in Lillehammer

LAKE PLACID — Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer will lead the USA Luge National Team back to the ice for fall training on Oct. 1 when the group opens its preseason campaign in Lillehammer, Norway. It’s the start of a seven-week run to the opening of the Viessmann World Cup season in ...

Rookies push for titles in LP

LAKE PLACID — Kyle Wilcox and Sylvia Hoffman won the USA Bobsled Rookie Push Championships on the wheeled push track Saturday, Aug. 25 in Lake Placid. Quentin Butler and Karmin Shute were victorious in the USA Skeleton Rookie Push Championships. Forty-two rookie athletes competed — ...

Blair, Bailey, Patnode for Hall of Fame

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee named three inductees for 2018: Olympic biathlete and musician Lowell Bailey, local librarian Linda Blair and former Executive Director of the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce Luke Patnode. The 35th annual Induction Banquet will be ...

West, Britcher dominate Italian start

MERANSEN, Italy — Two-time Olympians Tucker West and Summer Britcher captured their respective divisions Saturday in the annual international luge start competition in Meransen, Italy. They were the only Americans to make the trip. The South Tyrolean ski village, near Austria, holds the ...

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 ...