Winter Olympic Sports

Sweeney just off Championships podium

WINTERBERG, Germany — Pyeongchang Olympian Emily Sweeney paced all Americans with a fourth-place effort Friday in the sprint race as the luge World Championships got underway in Winterberg, Germany. Earlier, on a cloudy, 25-degree afternoon in Hochsauerland, 2018 Olympic silver ...

Mazdzer hurting going into worlds

Chris Mazdzer is giving his neck a bit of a rest, with the hopes of having a medal draped around it at this weekend’s luge world championships. The 2018 Olympic men’s singles silver medalist from Saranac Lake is planning to compete in only doubles and the team relay events at the ...

Vonn ‘hopeful’ she can compete again

Lindsey Vonn isn’t quite done yet. The most successful female skier in World Cup history said Wednesday that she remains “hopeful” she can fix her ailing knees and race again. She just doesn’t know when — or if— that will be possible. “I’m taking things day by day and ...

Meyers Taylor bronzed despite flu

IGLS, Austria — After just two training runs during the week while battling the flu, Elana Meyers Taylor mustered a bronze medal finish in Saturday’s women’s bobsled World Cup in Igls with Sylvia Hoffman. Brittany Reinbolt teamed with Jessica Davis for seventh place. “I’m ...

USA Luge extends partnership with White Castle

COLUMBUS, Ohio — White Castle and USA Luge announced a two-year partnership extension Monday, furthering White Castle’s position as the first and only fast-food company to be named an official partner of USA Luge. The partnership also continues White Castle’s position as title sponsor of ...

Vonn may be in too much pain to continue skiing career

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — What was evident all weekend for Lindsey Vonn became clear to everyone else on Sunday. The American skier’s surgically repaired knees simply don’t let her apply the power she requires to win races anymore. The pain is too severe; the psychological ...

Flyin’ high at Whiteface

WILMINGTON — Moguls skiers from around the world twisted and turned in mid-air at Whiteface Mountain on Friday, as the FIS Freestyle World Cup made a stop at the Olympic mountain, much to the delight of the assembled spectators. Qualifications for Friday’s finals took place Thursday, ...

Vonn takes few risks in 1st downhill training run

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Lindsey Vonn skied conservatively in the first World Cup downhill training session of her injury-delayed season on Thursday. In foggy conditions, Vonn placed 10th, 0.76 seconds behind leader Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, and was a bit shaky landing the ...

Ledecka chooses Alpine over snowboard

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — After months of agonizing over a decision she would have preferred not to have to make, skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka has finally chosen to compete in the Alpine skiing world championships next month instead of the snowboard worlds. The Czech athlete who ...

Freestyle week in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — It’s mid-January and the temperature is beginning to plummet. That can only mean one thing in the village of Lake Placid: The World Cup freestyle tour is here again. The world’s best moguls and aerials skiers have arrived, and they’ll be battling it out for the podium ...

Bobsled, skeleton World Cup tour makes stop in Austria

IGLS, Austria — The bobsled and skeleton World Cup makes its fifth stop in Igls, Austria this week. There will be one more European race next week in St. Moritz, Switzerland before the World Cup returns to home ice in Lake Placid.  The skeleton race was canceled in Koenigssee, Germany ...

ORDA reps, state senator tout $82.5M sports venue upgrade proposal

LAKE PLACID — State Olympic Regional Development Authority representatives and a state senator say a proposed investment of $82.5 million will go toward making Lake Placid a successful hub for sports competition and year-round casual tourism. They also said the cost of upgrading ...

Another huge ORDA boost

LAKE PLACID — State-owned Olympic winter sports venues and ski resorts could see major investments for the third year in a row if the state Legislature approves the governor’s $82.5 million proposal. In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018-19 budget, he proposed investing $80 million in upgrades ...

Mazdzer tops Americans in singles

SIGULDA, Latvia — USA Luge finished fourth in Sunday’s World Cup team relay in Sigulda as the weekend concluded just the way it started. It was literally a homecoming for Latvia and Russia. The former took their first-ever gold medal in the team relay, while the latter placed 1-2 in ...

Bo-Dyn Project mourns its patriarch

COLCHESTER, Connecticut — The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. is mourning the loss of Phil Kurze. The 69-year-old was the president of the organization that created sleds that won seven Olympic medals. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project’s most famous sled, the Night Train driven by the late ...

Jones goes solo to make history in monobob race

CALGARY, Alberta — Briauna Jones is the first USA athlete to compete in the new monobob discipline during the Calgary North American Cup, where she finished eighth. Monobob is a women’s only event, and was one of seven events added to the 2022 Olympic program following an International ...

Russian court says Zubkov can keep titles

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov won a Moscow court ruling on Friday that could make it harder for the International Olympic Committee to recover his gold medals. The Russian flagbearer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was stripped of his two gold medals from those games in ...

Curtis and Blaser wrap North American Cup season on top

CALGARY, Alberta — Kelly Curtis and Andrew Blaser secured the 2019 North American Cup titles for USA Skeleton with impressive performances over the last two days in the series finale in Canada. Despite only racing in six of the eight races this season, Sara Roderick (South Burlington, ...

Snow cancels World Cup skeleton races in Germany

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — The bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour will mark the halfway point of the season with its fourth stop in Koenigssee, Germany. Koenigssee is the first permanent artificially refrigerated sliding track in the world, and the course will celebrate 50 years as an artificial ...