Winter Olympic Sports

Realizing a world championship title is literally just around the corner, Joseph Gray of Colorado beams while closing in on the finish line during Saturday’s 8-kilometer race at Dewey Mountain.

(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

World champs stand alone

SARANAC LAKE — Two athletes who finished runner-up at previous World Snowshoe Championship events finally got the titles they were looking for Saturday in Saranac Lake. Competing on a course at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center that somehow came together and held up, Joseph Gray of ...

Biesemeyer top American with 19th place

KVITFJELL, Norway (AP) — Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud secured the men’s World Cup super-G title on home snow as Peter Fill won Sunday’s race. Italian skier Fill won by 0.1 seconds from Austrian Hannes Reichelt, with third place going to Canadian Erik Guay, 0.23 seconds off the ...

Snow volleyball hopes to stake Olympic claim

Beach volleyball is moving to the mountains and swapping its sand for snow. A spinoff of the sun-splashed sport familiar to Summer Olympic fans and seaside frolickers, snow volleyball is spreading from the Alps to the Andes and making a run at the Winter Games. If all goes well, ...

Armstrong 65th in Slovakia

Lake Placid High School graduate Nina Armstrong opened her biathlon Junior World Championships competition Thursday with a 65th-place finish in the 12.5-kilometer individual race in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia. Armstrong, who is now a sophomore at Harvard College, was hampered by eight ...

Nordic worlds kick into action

LAHTI, Finland — Sunny skies greeted athletes from all corners of the globe at the popular nordic center in Lahti where the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships opened Wednesday evening with first competitions set for today. United States fans will have unprecedented live streaming and ...

Bangladesh rolls out welcome for unusual sport on skates

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — If basketball and soccer had a baby and put it on skates, it might look like roll ball, a little-known sport whose top performers worldwide vied for the championship in Bangladesh over the past week. Played on a basketball court, with a small soccer-type goal in ...

Meyers Taylor, Jones achieve world champion status

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones were declared world champions on Saturday after claiming gold, while Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans secured bronze for Team USA’s first-ever women’s bobsled double podium in the first weekend of the Koenigssee ...

Lugers roll the dice

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — For most of the field gathered at next year’s Olympic venue, the number nine might as well be snake eyes. In fact, the critical turn on the 2018 Olympic luge, bobsled and skeleton track has been dubbed “Dice Roll” by United States doubles slider Anthony ...

Asia preps for winter boom

SAPPORO, Japan — Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next ...

Susan Dunklee crosses the finish line to capture the silver medal in the 12.5-kilometer mass start Sunday at the world championships in Hochfilzen, Austria.
(Photo — NordicFocus/US Biathlon)

Dunklee joins Bailey in US biathlon history books

HOCHFILZEN, Austria — When the 2017 biathlon world championships began, Team USA had two “nevers” looming that the team could have only hoped to erase in its wildest dreams, on the athletes’ most perfect days. American men had never won a gold medal, and American women had never ...

US ski team leans on superstars for medals ahead of Olympics

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Dressed as comic book superheroes, American skiers were often merely mortal at the last world championships before the 2018 Olympics. A tally of three medals — one of each color, all won by female superstars — surely did not rise above expectations from an ...

US duo in position for worlds title

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Elana Meyers Taylor is on pace to claim her second career World Championship title after leading the first day of the 2017 women’s bobsled competition Friday by 0.02 seconds with Kehri Jones. Olympic bronze medal teammates Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans ...

Dahlmeier leads Germany to relay gold

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) — Laura Dahlmeier led Germany to the title in the women’s 4x6-kilometer relay on Friday, becoming the first biathlete to win a medal in 10 straight world championship races. In difficult, snowy conditions, Vanessa Hinz, Maren Hammerschmidt, Franziska Hildebrandt ...

Lowell Bailey celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 20-kilometer individual gold medal Thursday at the biathlon world championships in Hochfilzen, Austria.
(Photo — NordicFocus/US Biathlon)

Lowell Bailey ends US drought with gold medal

  Lake Placid resident Lowell Bailey put an emphatic end to the United States medal drought at the IBU World Championships on Thursday by winning the grueling 20-kilometer race in Hochfilzen, Austria. The 35-year-old Bailey, a three-time Olympian on his way to a fourth ...

Hirscher walks away with giant slalom title

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — After an incident involving a military airplane delayed the race, Marcel Hirscher won the giant slalom title Friday at the world ski championships. The decisive second run was pushed back 30 minutes after a monoplane in a Swiss Air Force formation display ...

With the track at the Alpensia Sliding Center in the foreground, the vista unfolds below at the mountain cluster in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where events will be held at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
(Photo — Jayson Terdiman)

Early look at Pyeongchang

With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics now less than a year away, USA Luge athletes are currently in South Korea getting familiar with the world’s newest sliding track. At the same time, they just might be discovering how their lives might be next February when they go for the gold in the ...

A teenaged Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, left, and Tim Burke of Paul Smiths smile at their first international biathlon race in the mid 1990s in Torsby, Sweden. Their coach at the time, Kris Cheney-Seymour, keeps this photo on the wall of his office at the Mount Vane Hoevenberg Cross-Country Ski Center outside Lake Placid.
(Photo provided — Kris Cheney-Seymour)

Former coach overwhelmed by Bailey’s biathlon win

People in and around Lowell Bailey’s hometown of Lake Placid have seen him come close to being the best in the world over and over again in more than 20 years of international biathlon competition. To see him have a “perfect race,” as a former coach put it, and win a World Championship ...

Lowell, left, and George Bailey, both musicians, perform in the George Bailey Trio at the Mountain Music Meltdown festival on June 30, 2007, in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Bailey’s father credits hard work, Adirondacks for win

Lowell Bailey’s father George says only those closest to his son know the depth of his commitment to biathlon training, especially after he decided not to retire last year. “There’s probably only a handful of people who know how hard he’s worked to come to this moment,” ...

Dunklee locks up Olympic team spot

HOCHFILZEN, Austria — Susan Dunklee, of Barton, Vermont, raced to an impressive sixth place in Wednesday’s women’s 15-kilometer individual event at the IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen, and in the process secured a berth on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team. Dunklee hit 18 of 20 ...

Russia to punish athletes who don’t return Olympic medals

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian track and field athletes haven’t been giving up their medals in Olympic doping cases, and local officials have vowed to kick them off the national team until they do. The Russian track federation said Thursday only one medal has been returned out of 23 which must ...