Winter Olympic Sports

Bobsled, skeleton athletes hit the track

LAKE PLACID — Winter has arrived in Lake Placid after a week of summer temperatures that threatened to push back opening day at the Olympic Sports Complex. The track crew salvaged the ice despite the challenging conditions and the venue opened Monday for Team USA’s bobsled and skeleton ...

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 ...

Russia accused of hacking sports world over doping scandal

MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, sports and the government are closely intertwined. Top athletes hold military ranks, Olympic medals are a matter of national pride, and champions receive luxury cars in Kremlin ceremonies. So when Russia was accused of doping its way to the top, the Russian ...

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 ...

After Russia vote, anti-doping group criticizes WADA

A leading anti-doping group hinted at changing the structure of the World Anti-Doping Agency, saying the decision to reinstate Russia’s drug-fighting operation is a sign WADA leaders are saddled with “conflicting priorities.” The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations said ...

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 ...

With Turin out, Italy moves forward with Milan-Cortina bid

ROME (AP) — Italy’s three-pronged bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics has been reduced to a two-city candidacy featuring Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Following Turin’s exclusion, the Italian Olympic Committee is sending a delegation featuring Milan and Cortina representatives to meet ...

American wins under-23 women’s triathlon title

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — A strong bike segment from Taylor Knibb gave the American the under-23 women’s world triathlon title on Friday, beating Cassandre Beaugrand of France by more than a minute. Knibb, from Washington, D.C., finished in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 47 seconds for the ...

Calgary interested in bidding for 2026 Winter Olympics

Calgary is considering a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, with the cost of the games estimated at $5.23 billion. Calgary voters will decide on Nov. 13 whether they want to host the games. Calgary 2026 bid corporation chief executive officer Mary Moran told the ...

Lake Placid prepares for ICWG

LAKE PLACID — The 2019 International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid are just four months away. Modeled after the Olympics, the Games are scheduled for January 6-11, 2019, in Lake Placid. Lake Placid will be the first United States city ever to host the International Children’s ...

Four Russian biathletes face new doping allegations

MOSCOW (AP) — Four Russian biathletes have been charged with doping offenses. The Russian Biathlon Union says the cases against the four, who haven’t been named, are linked to an earlier World Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Russian sport. Neither the RBU nor the International ...

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 ...

West, Britcher dominate Italian start

MERANSEN, Italy — Two-time Olympians Tucker West and Summer Britcher captured their respective divisions Saturday in the annual international luge start competition in Meransen, Italy. They were the only Americans to make the trip. The South Tyrolean ski village, near Austria, holds the ...

Hockey coaches hear from big names at symposium

LAKE PLACID — The four-day USA Hockey Coaches Symposium began here Thursday and continues through Sunday. The biennial event is the largest of its kind in the United States, connecting youth hockey coaches, college coaches and professional coaches from throughout North America. The ...

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 ...