Winter Olympic Sports

Figure skating star Chan to retire

TORONTO (AP) — In Patrick Chan’s perfect future, he’s running a skating school in Vancouver with girlfriend Liz Putnam. The two are living in a million-dollar apartment in the city’s lovely Kitsilano neighborhood. And he’s enjoying a wildly successful career in commercial real ...

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 ...

IBU president steps down after raid

The longtime president of International Biathlon Union stepped down today as Austrian prosecutors investigate the organization for possible doping offenses, fraud and corruption. Police raided the IBU’s headquarters in Salzburg on Tuesday on a tipoff that Russian doping cases had been ...

Medals in hand, USA Luge looks ahead

LAKE PLACID — Just two months after Chris Mazdzer raced to an Olympic silver medal in South Korea, USA Luge has started to craft its staffing plans with designs on adding more hardware in 2022. Mazdzer’s medal was the first for the United States in men’s singles since luge entered the ...

4-time Olympic biathlon gold medalist retires

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian biathlete Emil Hegle Svendsen, a four-time Olympic champion, has retired from the sport. Svendsen won individual and relay gold at the 2010 Olympics, and mass start and mixed relay gold in 2014. At this year’s Pyeongchang Olympics, he won two silver medals ...

ORDA lands $62.5M

LAKE PLACID — Early Saturday morning, New York lawmakers approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to invest $62.5 million investment into this Olympic host’s winter sports venues. In his budget in January, Cuomo said the money would go to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority ...

Lake Placid area lands $62.5M for winter sports venues

LAKE PLACID — Early Saturday morning, New York lawmakers approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to invest $62.5 million investment into this Olympic host’s winter sports venues. In his budget in January, Cuomo said the money would go to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority ...

Beattie leaves legacy behind

DENVER — The plaque that rested for years on ski icon Bob Beattie’s desk was inscribed with a matter-of-fact motto: It can be done. An all-too-fitting mantra for the ski racing pioneer who helped launch the World Cup circuit more than 50 years ago and was part of the commentary crew ...

King of Biathlon Bjoerndalen retires

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the most decorated male Winter Olympian in history with 13 medals, has retired from the sport. Nicknamed “The King of Biathlon,” the 44-year-old Bjoerndalen competed at six Olympics. Of his 13 medals, eight were gold. He ...

Lillehammer ruling out Olympic bid

TOKYO — The man who organized the most popular Winter Olympics 24 years ago in the Norwegian ski resort of Lillehammer says it’s too soon to return in 2026. But watch for Lillehammer in 2030. “2026 would have been best for us, but I have to acknowledge the timing is not ...

Milan and Turin joining forces for 2026 Winter Olympic bid

ROME (AP) — Milan and Turin are combining to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The Italian Olympic Committee sent a letter of intent to the IOC on Thursday stating its plans with the two cities. While there is usually only one host city, the International Olympic Committee’s new, more ...

Riml leaves US Alpine director role after 7 seasons

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml is leaving his role after seven seasons and following a Winter Olympics in which the women’s side accounted for all three medals. Riml joined the ski squad in 2001 and became the women’s coach two years later, helping with the ...

Flying high

LAKE PLACID — When most people see the big ski jumps in Lake Placid, their natural reaction is something along the lines of “No way.” But a local 12-year-old has the opposite feeling about launching himself through the air, and his training and dedication have turned into podium spots ...

Greenway signs with Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild added one of their top prospects for the stretch run of the race for the playoffs, signing left wing Jordan Greenway to a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Greenway was expected to join the team in time to play at ...

Makarainen wins biathlon World Cup title in dramatic finish

TYUMEN, Russia (AP) — Kaisa Makarainen of Finland won the women’s biathlon World Cup for the third time in her career on Sunday after a dramatic finish to the final race of the season. Makarainen took the title by only three points with a sixth-place finish in Sunday’s 12.5-kilometer ...

Fourcade closes in on overall World Cup championship

TYUMEN, Russia (AP) — Martin Fourcade won the biathlon World Cup sprint title for the seventh straight year after a victory in Thursday’s race. The Frenchman went into the race trailing Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway by 31 points, but he ended up winning the title by two ...

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 ...

US men’s ski coach takes new role with team

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Sasha Rearick is stepping down from his role as the U.S. men’s Alpine ski coach to lead the development side in a restructuring move by the organization. U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the change Wednesday. A men’s coach will be named later. The ...

Kostner leads Olympic champ Zagitova at worlds

ASSAGO, Italy (AP) — Italy’s home favorite Carolina Kostner skated a perfectly executed and evocative program to take a surprise lead over Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia in the short program Wednesday at the world figure skating championships. A former world champion coming ...

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 ...