Winter Olympic Sports

Erin Hamlin and Chris Mazdzer pose for a photo in March at the USA Luge headquarters in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Luge season starts with a bang

IGLS, Austria – The most important World Cup luge season in any quadrennium begins this weekend outside Innsbruck, the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic site. It’s significant for the simple reason that the first five races prior to the holiday break will determine the final field of Olympic ...

Global Sports Committee hosts public forum on World University Games

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack North Country Global Sports Committee will hold a open meeting detailing Lake Placid’s bid for hosting the 2023 Winter World University Games Monday Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. in the North Elba Room in the Conference Center at Lake Placid at 2608 Main St. The meeting ...

Curling family vies for Olympics

OMAHA, Neb. — When one of his games at the U.S. Olympic curling trials was in a lull, Matt Hamilton couldn’t help but take a peek at the proceedings on the adjacent ice sheet. That’s where his sister Becca was playing. The Hamiltons of McFarland, Wisconsin, are here together to ...

Skate America headed to the Pacific Northwest to open 2018 Grand Prix season

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Skate America is heading to Everett, Washington next year. U.S. Figure Skating announced on Thursday the selection of XFINITY Arena as the host Oct. 19-21, 2018. The international event will be the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand ...

Americans, from left, Codie Bascue, Sam McGuffie, Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock celebrate following last Friday’s two-man World Cup bobsled competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid. Bascue and McGuffie took home the gold medal, while Olsen and Weinstock earned a bronze in the race.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Bobsled World Cup tour resumes in Park City

PARK CITY, Utah — Following USA Bobsled & Skeleton’s five-medal performance in the World Cup season-opening races in Lake Placid last week, the tour moves to Park City, Utah, for its second leg. Because last week’s four-man race in Lake Placid was canceled due to unseasonably ...

Brakeman Lolo Jones of the United States looks on during a flower presentation following the women's bobsledding World Cup event Dec. 7, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Jones and her pilot Jamie Greubel tied for second place.  (AP photo — Rick Bowmer)

Lolo Jones begins another Olympic quest

LAKE PLACID — There are six women pushing bobsleds this season for the U.S. national team. Of those, only three will be picked to race in the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. Lolo Jones is in the group of six. She would do anything to be in the group of three. Her World Cup season ...

Russia’s Olympic fate to be decided on Dec. 5

GENEVA — The International Olympic Committee will decide on Dec. 5 if Russia can compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Russia faces being banned from the Feb. 9-25 games in South Korea as punishment for state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The IOC said on Friday that a ...

Chinese athlete makes quick splash in skeleton

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Geng Wenqiang is, without question, the best skeleton racer China has ever produced. Then again, he’s also the first. Geng finished seventh out of a field of 31 in his first World Cup race last weekend in Lake Placid, and knows he’ll be getting plenty of ...

Russia’s hopes for Winter Olympics dimming

SEOUL, South Korea — The World Anti-Doping Agency dealt a blow today to Russia’s hopes of competing at next year’s Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country’s suspended anti-doping operation. At its meeting in South Korea, WADA said two key requirements for reinstating ...

NAC skeleton athletes rally for eight medals

LAKE PLACID — The Intercontinental Cup, European Cup and North American Cup skeleton circuits were all in action last weekend as Team USA managed to collect eight medals, all of which came from the NAC athletes in Calgary, Canada.  Veronica Day, of Vienna, Virginia, led the medal haul ...

French skier dies after training crash

PARIS (AP) — French downhill skier David Poisson, a former medalist at the world championships, died on Monday following a training crash in Canada. He was 35. The French Ski Federation said Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds, was training in the Canadian resort ...

United States bobsled pilot Codie Bascue and brakeman Sam McGuffie push their sled to begin their first of two runs in Friday’s World Cup competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The pair put down the fastest runs in both heats to claim the gold medal as the World Cup tour wrapped up its first week of competition.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Basking in World Cup gold

LAKE PLACID — Growing up just a couple hours down the Northway from Lake Placid in Whitehall, Codie Bascue found out he really liked the sport of bobsledding when he was introduced to the sport during a youth program on the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Back then, the thought of being ...

Jamie Gruebel Poser, front, and Aja Evans push at the start of their women’s World Cup two-man bobsled run Thursday at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Complex. The duo finished fourth in the event, while the American team of Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs took the silver behind Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Americans collect opening medals

LAKE PLACID — Bobsled and skeleton athletes took to the ice at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Thursday for the first of eight World Cup events that will lead to next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Under clear skies, several dozen sliding athletes from around the world ...

Holcomb gone, but not forgotten

LAKE PLACID — Some of Steven Holcomb’s ashes are scattered at Mount Van Hoevenberg, the track where the longtime U.S. bobsled driver dominated like no other for about the last two decades. His initials are on the speedsuits that his teammates will wear this season. His words still echo ...

From left, Ryan Bailey, Sam Michener and Chris Kinney, three of a dozen push athletes on the U.S. men’s bobsled team, work on their sled Wednesday in preparation for today’s season-opening World Cup event at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Action kicked off this morning with women’s skeleton, followed by men’s and women’s two-man bobsled this afternoon. Men’s skeleton and another two-man bobsled event will take place Friday. 
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Sledders look to continue legacy of success

LAKE PLACID — With veteran pilots Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser paving the way, there’s little doubt that the American women are heading into this bobsled World Cup and Olympic season as the team to beat. The United States men will have to regain that status as they ...

US team brings high hopes into World Cup opener

LAKE PLACID — The scene following just about every World Cup women’s bobsled race last season looked something like this: Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser on the podium, both American women celebrating yet another medal as they waved a bouquet of flowers into the frosty ...

Skater to be 1st indigenous Aussie Winter Olympian

SYDNEY — Figure skater Harley Windsor is set to be the first indigenous Australian to compete in the Winter Olympics after being selected for next year’s Pyeongchang Games, just a little over a decade after he stumbled into a sport he knew nothing about. Windsor and Russian-born ...

4 more Russian skiers banned for doping

MOSCOW (AP) — Four more Russian cross-country skiers were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, including silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin. The Russian Cross-Country Ski Federation said the four have been disqualified by the International Olympic Committee and ...

From left, Summer Britcher, Tucker West, Jayson Terdiman and Matt Mortensen react after claiming the bronze medal in last year’s World Cup luge team relay at Mount Van Hoevenberg, outside of Lake Placid. 
(Enterprise file photo — Justin A. Levine)

US Luge hands out annual awards

LAKE PLACID — At its recent annual meetings of the United States Luge Association Board of Directors and ensuing Assembly, yearly awards were issued for the 2016-2017 competitive season. The following athletes were duly highlighted for their performances last winter. Tucker West was ...

Cadyville pilot opens NAC season with 4 medals

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Pilot Hunter Church, along with his crew of Hakeem Abdul Saboor, rookie Josh Williamson and Lou Moreira, began the 2017-2018 season on a high note last weekend in Whistler by collecting a gold, a silver and two bronze medals in North American Cup ...