Winter Olympic Sports

Universiade is fully official

LAKE PLACID — The International University Sports Federation (FISU) in Lausanne, Switzerland, completed signing the host city contract Thursday, making Lake Placid the official site for the 2023 Winter Universiade, otherwise known as the Winter World University Games. FISU’s ...

Universiade is fully official after FISU signing today in Switzerland

LAKE PLACID — The International University Sports Federation (FISU) in Lausanne, Switzerland, completed signing the host city contract Thursday, making Lake Placid the official site for the 2023 Winter Universiade, otherwise known as the Winter World University Games. FISU's agreement ...

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 ...

Torgashev highlights skating show

LAKE PLACID — The 2018 summer skating series continues this week at the Olympic Center with Freaky Friday and the Saturday Night Ice Show. Both events will be held in the center’s 1932 Rink Jack Shea Arena.  U.S. men’s singles skater Andrew Torgashev headlines Saturday’s skating ...

Top American players in Lake Placid

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced the 75 players who have been invited to the 2018 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, which will take place Aug. 6-13 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. The festival is an annual event that will also be used to select two, 22-player ...

USA Luge Junior team seeks funding

LAKE PLACID — The United States cheered loudly for Chris Mazdzer when he won the nation’s first-ever men’s singles luge medal, a silver, at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. His success came through hard work, athleticism, coaching, technology, ...

Para worlds at Van Hoevenberg

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid has been awarded next year’s Para-Bobsleigh World Championships to be held at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex bobsled/ luge/skeleton track, according to a press release by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority and USA Bobsled ...

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 ...

USA Luge seeks young talent through slider search

LAKE PLACID — White Castle and USA Luge are ready to capitalize on the Olympic momentum that began with Erin Hamlin’s 2014 bronze medal and continued with Chris Mazdzer’s silver medal four months ago in Pyeongchang, followed by his appearance on ABC Television’s Dancing with the ...

Saturday Night Ice Shows continue with Hubbell and Donohue

LAKE PLACID — The 2018 summer skating series continues tonight with the Saturday Night Ice Show in the 1932 Rink Jack Shea Arena.  The ice dance team of Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue headline tonight’s skating show. Hubbell and Donohue, who train in Montreal, Quebec, have been a ...

USOC names its new CEO

DENVER — Sarah Hirshland’s biggest coup to date as a sports executive was brokering the billion-dollar deal that moved the TV home of golf’s U.S. Open from NBC to Fox. Her next mission, as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, will be more delicate — repairing a frayed relationship ...

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. ...

US Luge staffs up for 2022

LAKE PLACID — In just a matter of months after Erin Hamlin led the American delegation at the 2018 opening ceremony in South Korea and Chris Mazdzer raced to an Olympic silver medal two nights later, USA Luge has started to craft its staffing plans with designs on adding more hardware in ...

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 ...

Ski jump plans take off

LAKE PLACID — Permit? Check. Design? Still coming for the planned upgrades at the Olympic Jumping Complex on state Route 73. The changes will help with athlete development and international standards for competition, according to state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials. ...

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 ...

IOC suspends biathlon support

The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it would suspend direct financial support to the International Biathlon Union in the wake of a doping scandal related to Russia. The IOC said in a statement that it will stop giving money to the IBU until certain conditions are ...