Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

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)

Lake Placid stunned by untimely death of bobsled great Steve Holcomb

LAKE PLACID — Olympic-gold-medal-winning U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb died of fluid in his lungs, although his final cause of death awaits a toxicology report. That was the announcement of Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw Sunday evening, leaving some suspense for a village and ...

Steve Holcomb pumps his fist while celebrating his four-man bobsled team's World Cup victory in November 2009 in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Bobsledders to honor Steven Holcomb in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID (AP) — A memorial service for U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb will be held here Thursday evening. Holcomb died unexpectedly on Saturday at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. The three-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion was 37. An autopsy performed at ...

Steve Holcomb, second from left, celebrates with the rest of his his four-man crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz at the World Cup event in Lake Placid in November 2009.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

A life of twists and turns

Steven Holcomb was simultaneously ordinary and remarkable. America’s best bobsled pilot was a self-described computer geek who would rub elbows with Hollywood stars. He was never exactly in the best of shape, yet was a world-class athlete. He attempted suicide years ago, then revealed ...

Steve Holcomb, right, celebrates a two-man bobsled World Cup victory along with his brakeman Carlo Valdes at the Mount Van Hoevenberg track in Lake Placid on Jan. 8, 2016. Holcomb was one of the most successful bobsled pilots in United States history, a career which included a four-man victory at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

Fellow athletes, associates react to Holcomb’s death

The following is a compilation of comments from teammates and fellow athletes commemorating Steve Holcomb on Twitter: I’m deeply saddened to have gotten the news about Steve Holcomb. Steve was an incredible competitor and a great friend. — Andrew Weibrecht, @a_weibrecht --- RIP ...

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)

Lake Placid stunned by Holcomb’s death, of fluid in lungs

LAKE PLACID — Olympic-gold-medal-winning U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb died of fluid in his lungs, although his final cause of death awaits a toxicology report. That was the announcement of Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw Sunday evening, leaving some suspense for a village and ...

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)

Olympic bobsled champion Steven Holcomb found dead in Lake Placid

Steven Holcomb, the longtime U.S. bobsledding star who drove to three Olympic medals after beating a disease that nearly robbed him of his eyesight, was found dead in Lake Placid earlier today. He was 37. The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced the death of the ...

Zayonc steps down as USA luge coach

USA Luge will have a new head coach for the Olympic season, after Miro Zayonc stepped down, citing the continuing onset of Parkinson’s disease. The 56-year-old Zayonc has helped oversee a never-before-seen run of U.S. luge success, as well as preparations for next year’s Olympics. ...

American driver Jamie Greubel Poser and teammate Aja Evans push their sled during the women’s World Cup bobsled race at Mount Van Hoevenberg in December. The pair, who hadn’t raced together since the 2014 Sochi Olympics, set a new track record on this run and claimed the gold medal.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

Bobsled, skeleton season recap

LAKE PLACID — Led by 16 medals from the World Cup women’s bobsled team, USA Bobsled & Skeleton raced to 69 total medals across six tours during the 2016-2017 season. Led by pilots Elana Meyers Taylor, of Douglasville, Georgia, and Jamie Greubel Poser, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, the ...

White Castle teams with USA Luge for slider search

COLUMBUS, Ohio — White Castle and USA Luge, announced a two-year partnership Tuesday, making White Castle the first and only fast food organization in the United States to become an official partner of USA Luge and title sponsor of the off-season recruitment program, the White Castle USA ...

USA Luge athletes on the World Cup tour go through a care package from Lake Placid they received at the Hotel Winterberg Resort in Winterberg, Germany, in February 2016. The package - organized and sent by the Lake Placid News - included almost 300 cards and letters of support from students at three Lake Placid schools. From left are Summer Britcher, Erin Hamlin, Emily Sweeney and Jayson Terdiman.
(Photo courtesy of USA Luge)

Lake Placid News luge campaign wins Community Leadership award

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid News took home three awards this past weekend from the New York Press Association's 2016 Better Newspaper Contest at the organization's annual conference in Saratoga Springs, including first place for the Sharon R. Fulmer Award for Community Leadership. ...

Johathon Piestrzynski shows off the framed, signed photo of himself skiing in Austria in March at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Hero’s welcome

LAKE PLACID — A typical, tight community is a collection of people from all walks of life. On Wednesday at Generations Restaurant, members of the Lake Placid community came out to honor and celebrate with one of their own. The occasion was a red-white-and-blue decked-out party for Lake ...

Esther Munoz enjoys some down time in Lake Placid earlier this week after a long season of speedskating.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Munoz back home for short breather

LAKE PLACID — Becoming a world-class speedskater is a long journey that stretches over many years. Esther Munoz would certainly attest to that. Right now, she’s in the middle of that trek, and so far, she is on track. After graduating from Lake Placid High School in 2016, Munoz moved ...

Killington signs on for two more World Cups

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s Killington ski resort has signed a deal to host the Ski World Cup for the next two years. Killington officials signed the agreement with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association on Monday to host both four-day events over Thanksgiving weekend 2017 and ...

Wounded veteran Robbie Gaupp enters the Mount Van Hoevenberg track on a skeleton sled from start three Friday morning as part of the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s bobsled and skeleton program.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

‘Never accept defeat, never quit’

LAKE PLACID — A group of wounded veterans descended on the bobsled track at Mount Van Hoevenberg this week, and despite (or perhaps because of) their injuries, this particular group had no problem hurtling themselves down the icy track at more than 50 miles an hour. The Adaptive Sports ...

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Placid will decide on big events by year’s end

LAKE PLACID — A Lake Placid-based contingent visited Europe last week for further legwork to possibly bring two world winter sports events here in 2021 and 2023. They returned home with definitive deadlines and a plan for a regional sports committee. Speaking Thursday, Regional Office ...

US women beat Canada in world championships

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Brianna Decker broke a scoreless tie late in the second period and Nicole Hensley stopped 18 shots, lifting the U.S. over Canada 2-0 on Friday night in the world championship opener for both teams. The Americans started fast and strong just three days after averting a ...

Annie O’Shea makes her way through the finish ramp during Saturday’s USA Skeleton National Championships at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
(Photo — Jason Hicks-Moriarty)

Antoine, O’Shea add to national title counts

LAKE PLACID — Annie O’Shea and Matt Antoine claimed their respective USA Skeleton National Championships titles at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Saturday. This is O’Shea’s fourth career national title and Antoine’s sixth. “This race was a good mix of veterans and young new athletes ...

Dunklee, Bailey return home with strong showings

JERICHO, Vermont — Susan Dunklee put a cap on the 2016-17 biathlon season with dominating performances on her home turf. The Barton, Vermont native swept all three women’s events at the U.S. National Championships held over the weekend at the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club in Jericho. Lowell ...

McJames wins US Nationals giant slalom title

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Megan McJames won the women’s giant slalom on Monday in the U.S. Alpine Championships at stormy Sugarloaf Mountain. It was her first national title after seven podium finishes. The two-time Olympian finished with a combined time of 2:05.03, with ...