Winter Olympic Sports

Meyers Taylor drives to gold medal

LAKE PLACID — As one of the best and most experienced women’s bobsled drivers on the planet, Elana Meyers Taylor wanted nothing else more than winning on her home track when the World Cup tour made a stop in Lake Placid on Friday. The American veteran got her wish, topping the field ...

Wesenberg puts an end to two-year US skeleton medal drought

LAKE PLACID — A medal drought that lasted for more than two years for the United States on the World Cup skeleton tour ended Friday, thanks to Kendall Wesenberg. At the next-to-last World Cup stop of the season, Wesenberg captured the bronze medal in the two-heat women’s skeleton ...

Another dream comes true in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Eight-year-old Tiago Cusano of Miami, Florida, has never seen snow, but the native Floridian developed a fascination for bobsledding while watching the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics during an extended hospitalization for cancer treatment. When Cusano was notified that he was ...

Home cookin’ on home ice

LAKE PLACID — Elana Meyers Taylor is excited for the opportunity to battle the Europeans on home ice. Brittany Reinbolt is happy not to be sitting inside in an office. And Hunter Church is thrilled to have the chance to drive his “bus” not far away from where he grew up. This ...

ORDA puts state millions to work on winter sports venue upgrades

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority plans to start upgrading multiple winter sports venues this summer. In the past two years, ORDA has received $80 million in state money for capital improvements to winter sports venues it runs. Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Children’s Games stories to appear on Teen Kids News

LAKE PLACID — Stories of 2019 International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid will air on Teen Kids News at 9 a.m. Saturday on WPTZ-TV, NBC 5. Recently, Lake Placid hosted the first ever winter ICG in the United States, where more than 400 student-athletes from 33 different cities ...

Shiffrin, the new face of skiing, cites inspiration

ARE, Sweden — During her inexorable rise to someday becoming the most successful Alpine skier in history, Mikaela Shiffrin has been shooting some admiring glances at another young female athlete excelling at her chosen sport. And she, too, is emerging from the shadow of an all-time ...

Vonn goes out with medal in hand

ARE, Sweden — Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down. Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones? Whatever it was, the sound ...

USA Luge grabs two sixths

OBERHOF, Germany — On the final day of World Cup racing for the weekend, USA Luge posted sixth-place results Sunday in both women’s singles and the team relay. Rain and wind greeted the women in Oberhof, also known as Blow-berhof by USA Luge athletes for the region’s preponderance ...

Mazdzer ends his World Cup season

LAKE PLACID — As the result of a neck injury incurred in mid-January, 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer has ended his luge season. He will return to the United States on Monday to be examined by USA Luge team doctor and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Eugene Byrne, of Lake Placid Sports ...

Ski chief urged to quit over climate comment

DENVER — A group of winter-sports athletes and the world’s biggest snowboard maker want the president of the International Ski Federation to resign after he spoke of “so-called climate change” and said he would rather deal with dictators than argue with environmentalists. The ...

Shiffrin opts out of events

ARE, Sweden — She would have been the overwhelming favorite for the gold medal. Instead, Mikaela Shiffrin skipped town to escape the public’s eye and recharge for her final two events at the world championships. The decision to sit out Friday’s Alpine combined event has been ...

For Chloe Kim, another title, and a taste of things to come

That already sizable gap between Chloe Kim and the rest of the world is growing even bigger. The 18-year-old Kim added a world championship to her overflowing collection of halfpipe titles, outdistancing second-place finisher Xuetong Cam of China by 9.5 points on a frigid afternoon in ...

Teen snowboarder soaring under White’s tutelage

The invitation was too good to pass up: Shadow none other than Shaun White at the Pyeongchang Games. As the hand-picked successor to the snowboarding icon, teenager Toby Miller jumped at the chance, even bringing along his board. He received a behind-the-scenes look at what White went ...

Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds

ARE, Sweden (AP) — As Mikaela Shiffrin hopped atop the podium to celebrate another gold medal, Lindsey Vonn was nearby on the sidelines of the finish area, stretching her ailing knees and explaining just how she wound up entangled in a safety net halfway down the course. Definitive proof, ...

Sweeney takes fourth

ALTENBERG, Germany — In a race affected by heavy snowfall, World Championship bronze medalist Emily Sweeney plowed her way to fourth place Sunday in a World Cup luge race in Altenberg. The weather was much appreciated by the aficionados at nearby Skilifte Rehefeld, but not so much at the ...

Vonn crashes in super-G at worlds

ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn crashed in the super-G at the world championships Tuesday, straddling a gate mid-air and ending up in the safety nets. Vonn, however, got up and skied down the hill after being tended to by medical personnel. “Everyone was screaming as she crashed ...

Svindal ready for final races before retirement

ARE, Sweden (AP) — Aksel Lund Svindal is approaching the final days of his skiing career with a mixture of nervousness and excitement. Maybe some apprehension, too. “Saying it out loud is really scary,” the 36-year-old Norwegian said of his impending retirement after 17 years of ...

Hirscher dominates night slalom

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Marcel Hirscher reminded everyone of his slalom supremacy on Tuesday, winning the last World Cup race before the world championships by a big margin. After being beaten in his last two races, the seven-time overall champion from Austria posted the fastest times ...

Sweeney bronzed in Winterberg

WINTERBERG, Germany — Emily Sweeney made her way all the way back from last year’s debilitating crash at the Olympics to win a bronze medal Saturday at the luge World Championships in Winterberg, Germany. It was Sweeney’s first career World Championship podium result, and the 17th ...