Winter Olympic Sports

Skeleton team nets five medals in season-opener

WHISTLER, Canada — USA Skeleton athletes claimed five medals in the season-opening races of the North American Cup series in Whistler, Canada. Skeleton races were held Wednesday and Thursday on the 2010 Olympic track, which will host the 2019 World Championships in March.  Greg West ...

Old Lake Placid hospital to become sports facility

LAKE PLACID — With a new Adirondack Health hospital to open soon, the current Adirondack Medical Center facility on Church Street will revert back to the town of North Elba. The town, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the United States Olympic Committee are in talks to ...

Young sledders inject optimism

LAKE PLACID — Twenty-three athletes were named to the USA Bobsled National Team after the conclusion of selection races Friday in Lake Placid. Although 13 of the 17 athletes named to the pool of push athletes have earned their first national team berth, the potential of the 2018 rookie class ...

Mazdzer, Britcher slide to top spots

LAKE PLACID — Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer won his eighth Norton USA Luge National Championship on Saturday in Lake Placid, while Olympic teammate Summer Britcher secured her second U.S. title in conditions that changed from clouds to snow to freezing rain. Britcher and ...

Antoine shifts into coaching position

LAKE PLACID — Before leaving the mixed zone at the completion of his fourth and final run at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018, Matt Antoine said he was going to “take it easy, decompress a little bit” before he figured out what he was going to do next. After sliding team selection ...

Mazdzer, Britcher grab Norton titles

LAKE PLACID — Pyeongchang silver medalist Chris Mazdzer and his Olympic teammate Summer Britcher threw down the fastest two heats on Friday morning and cruised to victories in the first of two Norton USA Luge Seeding Races in Lake Placid.   Mazdzer raced to a nearly half-second win over ...

USA Luge stars hit the ice

LAKE PLACID — With just a month to the start of the World Cup season, veteran athletes and rising youngsters will race in Lake Placid Friday and Saturday mornings in the Norton USA Luge National Championships and Seeding Races. Competitions will be held in men’s and women’s singles, ...

Bascue steps closer to nomination

LAKE PLACID — Whitehall native Codie Bascue and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, of Powhatan, Virginia, won the season-opening bobsled team selection race at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Saturday, bringing them one step closer to another national team nomination, while Nicole Vogt and Nicole Brundgardt ...

Brown finds his groove after engagement

LAKE PLACID — Kyle Brown and Kendall Wesenberg were victorious Saturday in the first of three selection races to determine the 2018-2019 USA Skeleton national team. Brown and Wesenberg both posted the first and third fastest runs to take the lead in their respective races; Brown finished ...

USABS announces changes to team staffing

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled & Skeleton announced Monday that bobsled Olympian Michelle “Mickie” Knous, formerly Michelle Rzepka before marrying Jeremy Knous in 2013, has been hired as the USABS marketing assistant. Other recent changes to the staff include the addition of Morgan ...

Olympic bronze medalist Greubel Poser retires to become school teacher

LAKE PLACID — Jamie Greubel Poser barely missed making the Vancouver Games in 2010 as a brakeman. It was that miss that changed the course of her career, moving the Newtown, Pennsylvania native from the back seat to front seat, where she earned 27 World Cup medals and the 2014 Olympic bronze ...

Bobsled, skeleton athletes hit the track

LAKE PLACID — Winter has arrived in Lake Placid after a week of summer temperatures that threatened to push back opening day at the Olympic Sports Complex. The track crew salvaged the ice despite the challenging conditions and the venue opened Monday for Team USA’s bobsled and skeleton ...

Ski with a two-time Olympic medalist

LAKE PLACID — In the spring, Andrew Weibrecht ended a 16-year alpine skiing career that included Olympic silver and bronze medals. That announcement opened a door for recreational skiers who are guests of Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, owned by his parents Ed and Lisa Weibrecht. Starting ...

Double up: Mazdzer sliding singles and doubles for USA Luge

Olympic luge silver medalist Chris Mazdzer is doubling up this winter. Mazdzer has decided to compete in both singles and doubles in World Cup events, in large part because USA Luge didn’t have another option to partner with Olympic doubles veteran Jayson Terdiman. If the Americans ...

Russia accused of hacking sports world over doping scandal

MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, sports and the government are closely intertwined. Top athletes hold military ranks, Olympic medals are a matter of national pride, and champions receive luxury cars in Kremlin ceremonies. So when Russia was accused of doping its way to the top, the Russian ...

USA Luge welcomes new board members

LAKE PLACID — Three new board members and a group of award winners emerged from last Saturday’s meetings of the USA Luge board of directors, followed by its annual membership meeting. USA Luge President Erin Warren, a two-time Olympian, welcomed Nonie Manion, Scott McIntyre and Bob ...

War Horse retreats to home pasture

LAKE PLACID — Andrew Weibrecht steers his pickup truck off the main drag of the Olympic village where he grew up and heads down a narrow, wooded dirt road to water’s edge, grabs a fishing pole and gazes out at windswept Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain looming in the distance like a ...

Lugers throw down fast starts

LAKE PLACID — Tucker West and Summer Britcher, both two-time Olympians, won their respective divisions Sunday afternoon in the annual Norton USA Luge Start Championships in Lake Placid. Pyeongchang Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer was third behind West and Jonny Gustafson. For ...

Weibrecht named to Hall of Fame

LAKE PLACID — Upon concluding a ski racing career that included Olympic silver and bronze medals, Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, will be among eight skiers, boarders and snow sport officials to be inducted next year into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum. Weibrecht, son ...

After Russia vote, anti-doping group criticizes WADA

A leading anti-doping group hinted at changing the structure of the World Anti-Doping Agency, saying the decision to reinstate Russia’s drug-fighting operation is a sign WADA leaders are saddled with “conflicting priorities.” The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations said ...