Winter Olympic Sports

USA Bobsled season pushes off in Calgary

CALGARY, Alberta — With the Olympic Games on the horizon, USA Bobsled and Skeleton is back on ice this week for the first official competition of the 2017-2018 season. The USA Bobsled National Push Championships will take place Thursday through Sunday in the Indoor Ice House in ...

World champion Lowell Bailey talks with fans Thursday during the weekly Meet an Olympian series at the Olympic Museum in Lake Placid. Bailey, a Lake Placid native, has already qualified for his fourth Olympic Games in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
(Photo courtesy of ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid)

Fans get closer look at Olympic biathletes

LAKE PLACID — A pair of three-time Olympians highlighted last Thursday’s Meet an Olympian program at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum as U.S. biathletes Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke visited the museum to talk about their sport, pose for pictures and sign autographs. Last winter, the 35 ...

Lake Placid's Jesse Izzo, third from left, and Anya Morgan, second from right, stand on a podium after a nordic skiing race at the International Children's Games in January 2016 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo provided)

Lake Placid lands Children’s Games, bobsled-skeleton World Championship

Lake Placid will host the International Children’s Games in 2019 and the Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships in 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. Cuomo announced the news at the Adirondack Summer Challenge rafting trip in Indian Lake, and then tucked a written announcement at ...

Lake Placid native Andrew Weibrecht smiles while Bethany Smith of Pennsylvania tries on his bronze and silver medals from the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics during her visit to the Olympic Museum on Thursday. Bethany, her brother Logan and parents Jennifer and Corey Smith were camping in the area on a vacation in the Northeast.

(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Weibrecht feeling strong going into Olympic year

LAKE PLACID — In an ideal world, every new season should bring hope and promise for good fortune and success. Especially if the previous year didn’t go very well. That’s the approach Lake Placid native Andrew Weibrecht is taking as he heads into a winter of alpine skiing that ...

USA 1 driver Steven Holcomb and his push athlete Steve Langton start a run during the two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

Holcomb granted early induction into Hall of Fame

LAKE PLACID — Ten USA Bobsled & Skeleton athletes were honored at the annual USABS awards banquet on Saturday at the Lake Placid Olympic Conference Center, capping the weeklong 2017 National Team Camp. The induction of Steven Holcomb to the USABS Hall of Fame both highlighted and ...

Corcoran inspired many over 85 years

CONCORD, N.H. — Tom Corcoran, an Olympic skier who founded the Waterville Valley ski resort in New Hampshire that became popular with racers and celebrities, has died. He was 85. Former assistant Jan Stearns said Corcoran died Tuesday at his home in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, ...

Schlueter takes over Winter Term

WILMINGTON — Beatty Schlueter will assume the role of the New York Ski Educational Foundation’s Winter Term program director for the upcoming 2017-18 season. She has served as the development director and U10/12 head alpine coach at NYSEF for the last five years. Schlueter takes the ...

Local officials stand beneath a rainbow at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid during a reception Wednesday attended by members of the International University Sport Federation, and members of the Lake Placid/Adirondack Global Sport Committee. Those in the photo include two-time Olympic alpine ski medalist Andrew Weibrecht, North Elba Town Councilman Jay Rand, Wilmington Town Supervisor Randy Preston, current and past ROOST board members including Ed Finnerty, Mike Beglin and Jill Cardinale, Nature Conservancy Director of Communications and Community Engagement Connie Prickett, ROOST CEO Jim McKenna, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, Lake Placid Deputy Mayor Art Devlin, Clarkson University Vice President of External Relations Kelly Ogden-Chezum, ORDA Executive Vice President Jeffery Byrne and Athlete Minder CEO Mara Smith, among others.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

World University Games officials rave about Adirondacks as potential host

LAKE PLACID — Visiting officials from the World University Games on Wednesday lauded the Adirondacks’ potential to host its event and also noted that Lake Placid is the only host city they are currently considering for the 2023 games. Milan Augustin, director of the International ...

Innsbruck willing and able to host 2026 Olympics

VIENNA — A feasibility study has suggested Innsbruck could host the 2026 Winter Olympics on a budget of 1.175 billion euros ($1.3 billion), but the Austrian city will need the approval of its residents before deciding on a bid. “If we stick to the strategy from the feasibility study, ...

US ski teams down to one name

The leaders of the U.S. skiing and snowboarding team decided one name is better than three. They are putting all their athletes under one umbrella and renaming their organization “U.S. Ski & Snowboard.” It’s a subtle change designed to streamline a national governing body that ...

Sophie Kirkby, of Ray Brook, poses with a haul of medals following the completion of the 2016-17 junior luge season.
(Photo provided)

Kirkby in it for the long haul

SARANAC LAKE — Sophie Kirkby has been riding on a luge sled for half her life. And the resident of Ray Brook, who just turned 16 earlier this week, appears to be in it for the long haul. After competing on European tracks for the first time this past winter, Kirkby is hoping to keep ...

Jim Shea, second from left, stands with players from Elizabethtown Community Hospital, who won the Michael Mannix Memorial Trophy Tuesday. Joining Shea, from the left, are winning team members Carlo Valdes, Kristin Thompson, Cory Thompson and Matt Driemiller.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Olympians hit the links for charity

LAKE PLACID — In perfect golf conditions, the foursomes from Northern Insuring and Elizabethtown Community Hospital came through with trophy-winning performances in the 17th annual United Way Olympic Celebrity Classic. The four-person scramble tournament was held Tuesday on the ...

Steve Holcomb celebrates a silver medal with his four-man bobsled team at the World Cup event held in December 2016 in Lake Placid. That was the last time Holcomb raced on his home track at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Holcomb died of sleeping pills, alcohol, report says

LAKE PLACID — Gold-medal bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb had “a fatal combination” of a prescription sleep aid and a 0.18 percent blood alcohol concentration in his system at the time of his death, USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced in a press release Tuesday evening. The sleeping ...

Steve Holcomb talks to the press at the Whistler Center following his historic gold-medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His win ended a 62-year gold-medal drought for the United States in Olympic four-man bobsledding.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Report: Holcomb died of sleeping pills, alcohol

LAKE PLACID — Gold-medal bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb had “a fatal combination” of a prescription sleep aid and a 0.18 percent blood alcohol concentration in his system at the time of his death, USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced in a press release Tuesday evening. The sleeping ...

Bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb talks to the press at the Whistler Sliding Center following his gold-medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His win ended a 62-year gold-medal drought for the United States in Olympic four-man bobsledding.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

County suppresses death details after Holcomb family threatens lawsuit

LAKE PLACID — Essex County officials aren’t releasing final toxicology and autopsy reports on the cause and manner of death of bobsled gold medalist Steve Holcomb. That’s because the late bobsledder’s family has threatened to sue the county coroner if he releases details. Essex ...

Oldest skier to win World Cup race retires at 36

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian skier Elisabeth Goergl retired Monday, 2¢ years after becoming the oldest woman to win a World Cup race. A two-time world champion and two-time Olympic bronze medalist, the 36-year-old Goergl said she lacked motivation to prepare for the Olympic season. Goergl ...

Steve Holcomb talks to the press at the Whistler Center following his historic gold-medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His win ended a 62-year gold-medal drought for the United States in Olympic four-man bobsledding.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

County suppresses Holcomb death details after family threatens to sue

LAKE PLACID — Essex County officials aren’t releasing final toxicology and autopsy reports on the cause and manner of death of bobsled gold medalist Steve Holcomb. That’s because the late bobsledder’s family has threatened to sue the county coroner if he releases details. Essex ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Cuomo tells NY: Visit Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — In a press release Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraged New Yorkers to visit Lake Placid this summer. Cuomo said the “historic Winter Olympic destination” features “endless” opportunities for summer outdoor recreation. “The North Country is home to world-class ...

USOC on board with made-for-TV camp

DENVER (AP) — America’s got talent, and the leaders at the U.S. Olympic Committee are turning on the TV cameras to find it. The quest for gold and America’s insatiable appetite for reality television are merging this summer with an Olympic scouting camp that will ultimately be ...

Holcomb to be honored with memorial service in Park City

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A memorial service for American bobsledder Steven Holcomb will be June 10 in his hometown of Park City, Utah. The service in honor of America’s most successful bobsled driver will be followed by a reception and an evening walk of the bobsled track at Utah Olympic ...