Winter Olympic Sports

Innsbruck willing and able to host 2026 Olympics

VIENNA — A feasibility study has suggested Innsbruck could host the 2026 Winter Olympics on a budget of 1.175 billion euros ($1.3 billion), but the Austrian city will need the approval of its residents before deciding on a bid. “If we stick to the strategy from the feasibility study, ...

US ski teams down to one name

The leaders of the U.S. skiing and snowboarding team decided one name is better than three. They are putting all their athletes under one umbrella and renaming their organization “U.S. Ski & Snowboard.” It’s a subtle change designed to streamline a national governing body that ...

Sophie Kirkby, of Ray Brook, poses with a haul of medals following the completion of the 2016-17 junior luge season.
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Kirkby in it for the long haul

SARANAC LAKE — Sophie Kirkby has been riding on a luge sled for half her life. And the resident of Ray Brook, who just turned 16 earlier this week, appears to be in it for the long haul. After competing on European tracks for the first time this past winter, Kirkby is hoping to keep ...

Jim Shea, second from left, stands with players from Elizabethtown Community Hospital, who won the Michael Mannix Memorial Trophy Tuesday. Joining Shea, from the left, are winning team members Carlo Valdes, Kristin Thompson, Cory Thompson and Matt Driemiller.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Olympians hit the links for charity

LAKE PLACID — In perfect golf conditions, the foursomes from Northern Insuring and Elizabethtown Community Hospital came through with trophy-winning performances in the 17th annual United Way Olympic Celebrity Classic. The four-person scramble tournament was held Tuesday on the ...

Steve Holcomb celebrates a silver medal with his four-man bobsled team at the World Cup event held in December 2016 in Lake Placid. That was the last time Holcomb raced on his home track at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Holcomb died of sleeping pills, alcohol, report says

LAKE PLACID — Gold-medal bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb had “a fatal combination” of a prescription sleep aid and a 0.18 percent blood alcohol concentration in his system at the time of his death, USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced in a press release Tuesday evening. The sleeping ...

Steve Holcomb talks to the press at the Whistler Center following his historic gold-medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His win ended a 62-year gold-medal drought for the United States in Olympic four-man bobsledding.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Report: Holcomb died of sleeping pills, alcohol

LAKE PLACID — Gold-medal bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb had “a fatal combination” of a prescription sleep aid and a 0.18 percent blood alcohol concentration in his system at the time of his death, USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced in a press release Tuesday evening. The sleeping ...

Bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb talks to the press at the Whistler Sliding Center following his gold-medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His win ended a 62-year gold-medal drought for the United States in Olympic four-man bobsledding.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

County suppresses death details after Holcomb family threatens lawsuit

LAKE PLACID — Essex County officials aren’t releasing final toxicology and autopsy reports on the cause and manner of death of bobsled gold medalist Steve Holcomb. That’s because the late bobsledder’s family has threatened to sue the county coroner if he releases details. Essex ...

Oldest skier to win World Cup race retires at 36

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian skier Elisabeth Goergl retired Monday, 2¢ years after becoming the oldest woman to win a World Cup race. A two-time world champion and two-time Olympic bronze medalist, the 36-year-old Goergl said she lacked motivation to prepare for the Olympic season. Goergl ...

Steve Holcomb talks to the press at the Whistler Center following his historic gold-medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His win ended a 62-year gold-medal drought for the United States in Olympic four-man bobsledding.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

County suppresses Holcomb death details after family threatens to sue

LAKE PLACID — Essex County officials aren’t releasing final toxicology and autopsy reports on the cause and manner of death of bobsled gold medalist Steve Holcomb. That’s because the late bobsledder’s family has threatened to sue the county coroner if he releases details. Essex ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Cuomo tells NY: Visit Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — In a press release Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraged New Yorkers to visit Lake Placid this summer. Cuomo said the “historic Winter Olympic destination” features “endless” opportunities for summer outdoor recreation. “The North Country is home to world-class ...

USOC on board with made-for-TV camp

DENVER (AP) — America’s got talent, and the leaders at the U.S. Olympic Committee are turning on the TV cameras to find it. The quest for gold and America’s insatiable appetite for reality television are merging this summer with an Olympic scouting camp that will ultimately be ...

Holcomb to be honored with memorial service in Park City

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A memorial service for American bobsledder Steven Holcomb will be June 10 in his hometown of Park City, Utah. The service in honor of America’s most successful bobsled driver will be followed by a reception and an evening walk of the bobsled track at Utah Olympic ...

Just say no when it comes to hosting the Olympics

It never figured to end well for Rio. Just hosting the Olympics took everything out of the city. Trying to recover from them may be impossible. Nine months after hosting the world’s best athletes in a flawed — and mostly joyless — Olympics, Rio has little to show for the $12 billion ...

USA Luge to let fans decide on helmet design

LAKE PLACID — The mantra of luge is to be fast and cool. Jon Wooten nailed it in 2014 when Erin Hamlin, in a Wooten-painted helmet, raced to the first Olympic singles medal in USA Luge history. The three-time Olympian was also the first female in American luge history to stand on an Olympic ...

Slider Search prepares for Vermont tour stop

LAKE PLACID — The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search tour will make a stop in Vermont on June 17 and 18 at the Champlain Valley Expo on Route 15 in Essex Junction. Clinic times are 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Interested participants need only sign up for one session. The Slider ...

Peggy Evatt, the new chief financial officer for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, smiles Friday in Lake George.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

ORDA hires new finance chief

LAKE GEORGE — There is a new chief financial officer at the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, and ORDA management is tight-lipped about why the authority’s previous CFO is no longer with the state agency. Peggy Evatt began her tenure as ORDA’s acting CFO on Monday and ...

Steve Holcomb, whose son Steve passed away a week ago in Lake Placid, stands in front of the Olympic Training Center on Friday.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Holcomb’s father looks back

LAKE PLACID — When Steve Holcomb was growing up in Utah, his father, who is also named Steve, said his son never talked about being an Olympian. His dad said all Steve wanted to do was get into the Guinness Book of World Records. The elder Holcomb also said his boy had a very special ...

U.S. bobsled athletes wear Superman shirts at the “Celebration of Life” for gold-medal-winning driver Steve Holcomb (pictured at rear), who was found dead on Saturday at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. The ceremony took place Thursday at the Conference Center at Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

‘He was Superman’

LAKE PLACID — Seventy five Superman shirts were shipped to USA Bobsled & Skeleton for Thursday’s celebration of Steve Holcomb’s life at the conference center in this village. The federation worked with one of their primary sponsors, Under Armour, to bring in dozens of the iconic ...

U.S. bobsled athletes don Superman shirts at a celebration of life for gold-medal-winning driver Steve Holcomb (pictured at rear), who was found dead on May 6 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. The ceremony took place May 11 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

PHOTOS: Fellow bobsledders memorialize Steve Holcomb

LAKE PLACID — Steve Holcomb's fellow bobsledders, family and friends held a memorial service for him Thursday evening at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. Holcomb, the U.S.'s top male bobsled pilot, won three Olympic medals, including a gold in 2010, and numerous World Championship ...

Steve Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz triumphantly ride the Night Train four-man bobsled up the finish ramp as they complete the fourth and final run during their gold-medal performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

Steve Holcomb, my bobsled hero

Like the rest of the bobsled world and members of the Olympic family, I was stunned and deeply saddened late Saturday afternoon when I received a phone call that Steve Holcomb was found dead in his room at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid earlier in the day. When I was very young ...