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Budget gives $105M for ORDA venues

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LAKE PLACID — New York’s new budget includes $105 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The money in the 2021-22 budget is about $39.5 million less than what the state approved last year. The funding will again go toward improvements to ...

Whiteface moves closing up to Saturday

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LAKE PLACID — The last day of the ski season at both Whiteface and Gore mountains will be this Saturday, weather permitting. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates both ski areas, announced the end of the mountains’ 127-day 2020-21 ski season in an email blast ...

Whiteface slated to close Sunday

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LAKE PLACID — It’s transition time in the Adirondacks, and skiing at Whiteface Mountain and Mount Van Hoevenberg is winding down. It could be the final week of Alpine and Nordic skiing at these two venues operated by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. Whiteface is ...

US weighs Beijing Olympics boycott

Winter Olympic Sports

WASHINGTON — The State Department said Tuesday the Biden administration is considering a possible boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics to protest China’s human rights record. Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. is consulting with like-minded countries around the ...

Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake to renew football rivalry

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SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake football teams are going to add a little more meaning to their very short seasons coming up. For the first time in seven years, the two teams will battle for the Mayor’s Cup. The teams will each play two games during their “Fall 2” ...

Two-Fly Challenge returns, with challenges

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WILMINGTON — Planning this year’s Ausable Two-Fly Challenge has been just that — a challenge — yet at least the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau will be able to host the fishing derby this year. Fishing is not the problem with the COVID-19 guidelines. It’s outdoors, ...

World Cup bobsled tour to skip Lake Placid

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Bobsledders and skeleton athletes from North America might be logging a lot of miles in the looming Olympic year, without any close-to-home races to help them out. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation released its tentative World Cup schedule for next season Thursday, with ...

PSC names new biathlon stadium, trails

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PAUL SMITHS — The new cross country skiing network at Paul Smith’s College is now known as the E. Philip Saunders Nordic and Biathlon Stadium. The site is named after the Rochester native who has spent many years in the Adirondacks. He purchased a home in Lake Placid after the 1980 ...

Bowman named GM of 2022 men’s Olympic hockey team

Winter Olympic Sports

With an opportunity to draw from what he considers the deepest pool of American-born talent ever assembled, Stan Bowman welcomes expectations that come with being the general manager of USA Hockey’s 2022 Olympic men’s national team. “I’m humbled and honored and can’t wait to ...

I’ll sure miss your smile, Andrew

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Living here for more than 35 years, and working as a sports writer and photographer at our daily and weekly newspapers for more than 25 years, I’ve had the great fortune to get to know more people than I could ever dream of counting. I’ve made many close friends over those years, and ...

Tupper Lake falls in volleyball

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TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake volleyball team kicked off its competitive Fall 2 season Monday with a 3-0 loss at home to Salmon River. The Shamrocks won by scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-10. Despite the setback, Lumberjacks coach Diane Helms was encouraged by her team started its season, ...

Gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah

Local Olympians

SALT LAKE CITY — James “Jimmy” Shea Jr., a former Lake Placid resident who won the gold medal in skeleton at the 2002 Winter Olympics, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child in Utah, authorities said. Shea, who now lives in Utah, made his first court appearance Monday on one ...

Rebuilding abandoned bobsled track for 2026

Winter Olympic Sports

ROME — Organizers for the 2026 Olympics are sticking with their plans to spend 50 million euros ($60 million) to rebuild an abandoned bobsled track in Cortina d’Ampezzo and take on the risky proposition of holding speedskating at an outdoor oval in Baselga di Piné. Italian Olympic ...

Gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY — James “Jimmy” Shea Jr., a former Lake Placid resident who won the gold medal in skeleton at the 2002 Winter Olympics, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child in Utah, authorities said. Shea, who now lives in Utah, made his first court appearance Monday on one ...

Empire State Senior Games expected back

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The Empire State Senior Games will return this year, organizers said. They don’t know exactly which events, or where they’ll be, but return they shall. Expect to see golf, and croquet. Maybe pickleball. However, basketball and volleyball are probably out, because of expected COVID-19 ...

Saranac Lake drops Shamrocks to finish unbeaten

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SARANAC LAKE — You can wonder about the could’ves and would’ves. You can lament about there being no opportunity to compete for a sectional championship or no chance at being selected as a league all-star. One thing, however, that did happen during a basketball season altered and ...

Saranac Lake teen skier makes podium at California competition

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MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — Teenage freestyle skier Kaylen Reiley of Saranac Lake earned a spot on the podium with a second-place finish last week at Mammoth Mountain. Reiley’s main ski discipline is slopestyle, in which athletes ski or snowboard down a course where with a variety of ...

SLP girls finish with a flurry, tie PHS

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When the Saranac Lake Placid girls hockey team scored with less than a minute left in Tuesday’s game to beat Beekmantown 3-2, head coach Butch Martin exclaimed “That win made our season.” On Wednesday, the team’s season became a whole lot sweeter. In the fourth and final game ...