Winter Olympic Sports

Akmarzhan Kalmurzayeva of Kazakhstan takes flight during a training jump Wednesday in preparation for the World Cup aerials competition being held today and Saturday in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Prepare for takeoff

LAKE PLACID — Let the show begin. The top aerials skiers on the planet will soar above the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex as the World Cup freestyle tour makes its regular January visit to Lake Placid today and Saturday. There will be quite a bit more on the line this time around for ...

Dale Ernhardt Jr. (NASCAR photo)

Earnhardt still interested in trip down Lake Placid bobsled track

Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and bobsledder Nick Cunningham continued their social media conversation about a possible trip down the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid on Tuesday. Earnhardt, a two-time Daytona 500 winner who was named as NASCAR’s most popular ...

Canada chases 5th straight gold medal

Laura Schuler always wanted to coach hockey. A member of Canada’s first women’s national team, she just never thought she would get the chance to coach her nation’s team on the world’s biggest stage. She was wrong. Schuler is the first former national team player to coach the ...

In her Captain America suit, Vonn is finally ready to attack

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — The Olympic downhill is little more than a month away and Lindsey Vonn is finally ready to start attacking at 100 percent again. Forget that unusual image of the 78-time World Cup winner skiing cautiously amid difficult weather conditions in Austria last ...

Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said. The agreements still ...

Coming out changes the game for Kenworthy

PARK CITY, Utah — Gus Kenworthy’s life has changed, and unlike most athletes who make it big at the Olympics, it’s only partly because of the medal he won. When he left Sochi four years ago, Kenworthy was known as the silver medal-winning, dog-saving freestyle skier who was part of ...

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen fails to make Norway’s Olympic team

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Olympic great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen has failed to make Norway’s biathlon team for the Pyeongchang Games, missing out on a chance to compete at his seventh Olympics. With 13 medals, including eight gold, Bjoerndalen is the most decorated Winter Olympian in ...

U.S. men land three sleds in Olympics

Justin Olsen has an Olympic bobsled gold medal as a brakeman, and now gets the chance to pursue one as a driver. Olsen, Nick Cunningham and Codie Bascue were announced today as the three drivers on the U.S. men’s Olympic bobsled team for the Pyeongchang Games. Each will compete in the ...

US names Olympic skeleton team

Katie Uhlaender is going to the Olympics for the fourth time, still looking for her first medal. That is, unless she’s seeking a second. Uhlaender was nominated today to the U.S. Olympic skeleton team for the Pyeongchang Games, making her the first American to be a four-timer in ...

Florian, Curtis bring in overall NAC titles

LAKE PLACID — Austin Florian and Kelly Curtis each took home overall North American Cup skeleton titles after combining for two golds and two silvers in the tour finale in Lake Placid. Team USA dominated the podium, taking two medals in each of the four races, led by Florian, ...

U.S. women’s biathlon team rounds out Olympic roster

U.S. Biathlon named the final three women for the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team on Thursday, following their performances at recent IBU World Cup races.  Joanne Reid, Emily Dreissigacker and Maddie Phaneuf, of Old Forge, all first-time Olympians, will join Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan on ...

World Cup ski races doubtful due to weakened course

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria — The first women’s World Cup speed races in 2018 were doubtful on Friday as the snow on parts of the course was still too weak after heavy rain this week and mild temperatures. The lower section of the Karnten-Franz Klammer course was not hard enough to ...

British bobsledder suffers stroke, will miss Winter Games

LONDON (AP) — A British bobsledder will miss the Winter Olympics after suffering a stroke. Bruce Tasker, who was part of the British four-man team that finished in fifth place at the Sochi Games in 2014, was taken to the hospital after experiencing dizziness and sickness last ...

Who needs gold when you’ve got globes?

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Think a gold medal is the end-all and be-all for Winter Games athletes? Well, meet Marcel Hirscher , who can reasonably stake a claim as the very best Alpine ski racer without an Olympic gold to his name. Hirscher has accomplished just about everything else there ...

Leggio, Maxwell named as final 2 goalies on Olympic team

USA Hockey named David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell as the final two goaltenders for its Olympic team Thursday, hoping their experience in Europe and international play makes a difference. Leggio and Maxwell join a team that already includes Ryan Zapolski, who is expected to be the ...

Olympic road began in Red Gerard’s backyard

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — If things go as planned, Red Gerard will walk away from the first Olympic Big Air contest with a gold medal around his neck. To hear the 17-year-old snowboarding phenom tell it, though, his greatest achievements don’t lie ahead in South Korea. Instead, they’ve ...

Scott Schulz, of Lake Placid, competes in the US Cross-Country Ski Championships last week at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. Schulz earned a spot in the U18 Scandinavian Championships in Vuokatti, Finland later this month.
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Schulz takes national stage

SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Placid and Saranac Lake nordic ski teams gathered under lightly falling snow Tuesday night for a 4.75-kilometer dual meet. Lake Placid’s Scott Schulz took the night off, having just returned from Anchorage, Alaska where he competed in the U.S. Cross Country Ski ...

Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom, extends winning streak to five races

FLACHAU, Austria (AP) — Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin used a frenetic final run to stretch her winning streak in 2018 to five races at a women’s World Cup night race on Tuesday. Shiffrin became the first female skier to start a calendar year with five straight wins, eclipsing ...

Britcher leads US lugers

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Germany’s version of a Happy New Year greeting to the rest of the World Cup luge tour came complete with a six-for-six sweep of the doubles and women’s singles podiums Saturday in Koenigssee. The traditional luge weekend marks the end of the 12 Days of Christmas, ...

US likely a threat for 3 medals at Pyeongchang

SAN JOSE, Calif. — With a mixture of veterans and teens, the United States has its Olympic figure skating team. Are there any medals to be found among the 14 members? Probably, with Nathan Chen leading the men’s contingent and the Shibutanis ice dancing their way to Pyeongchang. A ...