Winter Olympic Sports

Uihlein funds luge wind tunnel trip

LAKE PLACID — The Uihlein Foundation in Lake Placid has continued its support of USA Luge with the recent announcement of grant money to fund an all-important session in the San Diego Wind Tunnel on Dec. 10. Time spent at the facility has produced medals in the past two Winter Games, with ...

Henry pushes into the top 10

WINTERBERG, Germany — Megan Henry posted two top-10 finishes Saturday in Winterberg, Germany to once again lead USA Skeleton on the Intercontinental Cup. Henry finished eighth and 10th, while Mike Rogals (Orwell, Vermont) was the top American man with 14th and 13th place finishes on one of ...

Shiffrin wins another World Cup slalom event at Killington

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin made a small mistake halfway through her final run and heard a hush from the crowd below. Only one thing to do — charge even more. Shiffrin powered through the fog in Killington on Sunday to win her third straight World Cup slalom race at the ...

World Cup luge season kicks off in Austria

IGLS, Austria — Nine months after Erin Hamlin carried the American flag into the Pyeongchang Opening Ceremony, followed by Chris Mazdzer’s Olympic silver medal two nights later, USA Luge is ready to begin the four-year run-up to Beijing 2022. That start takes place with the Viessmann ...

NAC is back in Lake Placid

  LAKE PLACID — Ahead of February’s IBSF World Cup bobsled and skeleton race, the North American Cup bobsled and skeleton circuit makes its annual stop to Lake Placid’s Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex track. The week-long event, Nov. 27 through Dec .3, is expected to ...

Florian fourth in Euro Cup races

IGLS, Austria — Austin Florian kicked off his international season with two fourth-place finishes in the opening European Cup races in Igls, Austria. Racing took place Friday and Saturday, and Florian, still relatively new to the sport of skeleton, challenged an experienced field in his ...

Freestylers prep for new season

PARK CITY, Utah — The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s moguls and aerials rosters have officially been named for the 2018-19 competition season. Twenty-nine athletes will represent the United States across national and international competitions, including the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle ...

Business as usual for Hirscher

LEVI, Finland (AP) — Away from the slopes, life has changed a lot for Marcel Hirscher over the summer. On the slopes, not so much. The seven-time overall champion posted the fastest time in both runs to win the season-open men’s World Cup slalom on Sunday. After getting married in ...

Biesemeyer, Decker return to US Ski Team

PARK CITY, Utah (November 16, 2018) – After a productive final prep period camp featuring sunshine, blue skies, “hero snow” and many very early, cold mornings at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain the last couple of weeks, U.S. Ski & Snowboard has officially ...

Henry climbs to podium in Austria

IGLS, Austria — Megan Henry cracked into the medals Friday, edging out World Cup veterans and Olympians for bronze in the second Intercontinental Cup in Igls, Austria. Henry was fourth in Thursday’s season-opening race and she felt confident entering Friday’s heats. “I felt good ...

US Cross Country revs it up for new season

PARK CITY, Utah — Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins leads the 16-member 2018-19 U.S. Cross Country Team that will put a strong focus on the 2019 World Cross Country Championships. The team kicks off the 2018-19 FIS World Cup Cross Country season Nov. 24-25 in Ruka, Finland. “The ...

Henry just shy of Intercontinental podium

IGLS, Austria — Megan Henry challenged some of the best women’s skeleton athletes in the world Thursday in the opening Intercontinental Cup in Igls, Austria, finishing just 0.05 seconds from the medals in fourth. “I am so happy to place in the top four at this race, only ...

Government offers to help Milan-Cortina bid for 2026 Olympic Games

ROME — Enjoying its status as the leading contender to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, the Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo bid has received another boost with a funding promise from the Italian government. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said if “private funding isn’t enough, we’ll ...

Russian biathlon granted road map

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian biathletes will have to undergo extra drug testing if their federation is to have a doping suspension lifted, the International Biathlon Union said Thursday. The Russian Biathlon Union — one of the sport’s traditional powerhouses — was relegated to provisional ...

USA Luge suits up for season

LAKE PLACID — With the new quadrennial cycle underway, USA Luge has commissioned Saranac Lake graphic artist Derek Lavoie to design the team’s race suits for the charge toward the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. The new design features a white-to-dark blue-gradient fade on ...

‘All the venues are ready’

LAKE PLACID — With the Winter International Children’s Games less than two months away, a technical commission group from the governing body visited the village Wednesday to inspect venues and lodging accommodations. The ICG is a International Olympic Committee-sanctioned competition ...

Calgary voters say ‘no thanks’ to 2026 Olympics

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a nonbinding referendum. Unofficial results showed that 56 percent voted against bidding for the Olympics. Results showed that out of 767,734 eligible ...

Issues galore, resources limited for typical US Olympic org

Soon after he accepted the thankless task of trying to rebuild the sprawling, fractured operation at USA Track and Field, Doug Logan received a one-line text from the NBA commissioner at the time, David Stern: “You only take the easy ones.” Logan laughed. Deep down, the former ...

Van Ho nordic ski center to open next weekend

LAKE PLACID — The nordic ski center at Mount Van Hoevenberg is scheduled to open for the 2018-19 season next Saturday, Nov. 17, weather and conditions permitting. The center’s earliest-ever planned opening comes after members of the U.S. Para-Nordic ski team held their week-long ...

US women collect four medals in NAC races

WHISTLER, Canada — The women’s team led USA Bobsled in the first North American Cup races of the season with four medal finishes Wednesday and Thursday in Whistler.  Elana Meyers Taylor teamed with Lake Kwaza for the silver medal Wednesday, and paired with 2018 USA Bobsled National ...