Winter Olympic Sports

American driver Jamie Greubel Poser and teammate Aja Evans push their sled during the women’s World Cup bobsled race at Mount Van Hoevenberg in December. The pair, who hadn’t raced together since the 2014 Sochi Olympics, set a new track record on this run and claimed the gold medal.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

Bobsled, skeleton season recap

LAKE PLACID — Led by 16 medals from the World Cup women’s bobsled team, USA Bobsled & Skeleton raced to 69 total medals across six tours during the 2016-2017 season. Led by pilots Elana Meyers Taylor, of Douglasville, Georgia, and Jamie Greubel Poser, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, the ...

White Castle teams with USA Luge for slider search

COLUMBUS, Ohio — White Castle and USA Luge, announced a two-year partnership Tuesday, making White Castle the first and only fast food organization in the United States to become an official partner of USA Luge and title sponsor of the off-season recruitment program, the White Castle USA ...

USA Luge athletes on the World Cup tour go through a care package from Lake Placid they received at the Hotel Winterberg Resort in Winterberg, Germany, in February 2016. The package - organized and sent by the Lake Placid News - included almost 300 cards and letters of support from students at three Lake Placid schools. From left are Summer Britcher, Erin Hamlin, Emily Sweeney and Jayson Terdiman.
(Photo courtesy of USA Luge)

Lake Placid News luge campaign wins Community Leadership award

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid News took home three awards this past weekend from the New York Press Association's 2016 Better Newspaper Contest at the organization's annual conference in Saratoga Springs, including first place for the Sharon R. Fulmer Award for Community Leadership. ...

Johathon Piestrzynski shows off the framed, signed photo of himself skiing in Austria in March at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Hero’s welcome

LAKE PLACID — A typical, tight community is a collection of people from all walks of life. On Wednesday at Generations Restaurant, members of the Lake Placid community came out to honor and celebrate with one of their own. The occasion was a red-white-and-blue decked-out party for Lake ...

Esther Munoz enjoys some down time in Lake Placid earlier this week after a long season of speedskating.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Munoz back home for short breather

LAKE PLACID — Becoming a world-class speedskater is a long journey that stretches over many years. Esther Munoz would certainly attest to that. Right now, she’s in the middle of that trek, and so far, she is on track. After graduating from Lake Placid High School in 2016, Munoz moved ...

Killington signs on for two more World Cups

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s Killington ski resort has signed a deal to host the Ski World Cup for the next two years. Killington officials signed the agreement with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association on Monday to host both four-day events over Thanksgiving weekend 2017 and ...

Wounded veteran Robbie Gaupp enters the Mount Van Hoevenberg track on a skeleton sled from start three Friday morning as part of the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s bobsled and skeleton program.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

‘Never accept defeat, never quit’

LAKE PLACID — A group of wounded veterans descended on the bobsled track at Mount Van Hoevenberg this week, and despite (or perhaps because of) their injuries, this particular group had no problem hurtling themselves down the icy track at more than 50 miles an hour. The Adaptive Sports ...

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Placid will decide on big events by year’s end

LAKE PLACID — A Lake Placid-based contingent visited Europe last week for further legwork to possibly bring two world winter sports events here in 2021 and 2023. They returned home with definitive deadlines and a plan for a regional sports committee. Speaking Thursday, Regional Office ...

US women beat Canada in world championships

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Brianna Decker broke a scoreless tie late in the second period and Nicole Hensley stopped 18 shots, lifting the U.S. over Canada 2-0 on Friday night in the world championship opener for both teams. The Americans started fast and strong just three days after averting a ...

Annie O’Shea makes her way through the finish ramp during Saturday’s USA Skeleton National Championships at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
(Photo — Jason Hicks-Moriarty)

Antoine, O’Shea add to national title counts

LAKE PLACID — Annie O’Shea and Matt Antoine claimed their respective USA Skeleton National Championships titles at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Saturday. This is O’Shea’s fourth career national title and Antoine’s sixth. “This race was a good mix of veterans and young new athletes ...

Dunklee, Bailey return home with strong showings

JERICHO, Vermont — Susan Dunklee put a cap on the 2016-17 biathlon season with dominating performances on her home turf. The Barton, Vermont native swept all three women’s events at the U.S. National Championships held over the weekend at the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club in Jericho. Lowell ...

McJames wins US Nationals giant slalom title

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Megan McJames won the women’s giant slalom on Monday in the U.S. Alpine Championships at stormy Sugarloaf Mountain. It was her first national title after seven podium finishes. The two-time Olympian finished with a combined time of 2:05.03, with ...

USA Luge veterans Erin Hamlin and Chris Mazdzer enjoy some downtime at the team’s headquarters in Lake Placid following a rainy training session Friday on the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Looking for an Olympic edge

LAKE PLACID — With the next Winter Olympics less than a year away, members of the United States Luge team are putting in a little overtime in Lake Placid, hoping for an edge as they head into next winter. The international competitive season ended nearly a month ago, and tracks around ...

Bailey back in US for national championships

World champion biathlete Lowell Bailey will put his talents on display this weekend at the U.S. Biathlon National Championships in Jericho, Vermont. Bailey, of Lake Placid, had a career season on the World Cup tour. The three-time Olympian became the first American to win a biathlon world ...

Fantasy camp with 1980 hockey gold medalists starts Sunday

LAKE PLACID — Fourteen of the 19 remaining 1980 USA Hockey team players will be back in Lake Placid Sunday through Wednesday to participate in the third annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp. Fifty-six campers are scheduled to participate in the four-day event at the Lake Placid Olympic ...

South Korea’s ringers sing their way onto Olympic team

MOSCOW (AP) — To earn a place on South Korea’s team for next year’s Olympics, you may need to brush up on your singing. A rendition of the national anthem in front of immigration officials is a daunting but necessary hurdle faced by the many foreign-born athletes seeking to represent ...

USA Hockey postpones women’s camp

USA Hockey has postponed the start of the women’s national team’s world championship training camp amid an ongoing wage dispute. USA Hockey said the camp originally scheduled to begin Wednesday in Traverse City, Michigan, won’t happen. The organization “anticipates” a ...

Russia announces 3 more disqualified for doping

MOSCOW (AP) — Three Russian athletes have been disqualified from the 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests, the country’s track federation said. Hammer throwers Maria Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva, and triple jumper Viktoria Valyukevich were all disqualified. None of them were ...