Local Olympians

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 ...

Mazdzer, Britcher grab Norton titles

LAKE PLACID — Pyeongchang silver medalist Chris Mazdzer and his Olympic teammate Summer Britcher threw down the fastest two heats on Friday morning and cruised to victories in the first of two Norton USA Luge Seeding Races in Lake Placid.   Mazdzer raced to a nearly half-second win over ...

Olympic bronze medalist Greubel Poser retires to become school teacher

LAKE PLACID — Jamie Greubel Poser barely missed making the Vancouver Games in 2010 as a brakeman. It was that miss that changed the course of her career, moving the Newtown, Pennsylvania native from the back seat to front seat, where she earned 27 World Cup medals and the 2014 Olympic bronze ...

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 ...

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 ...