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Fitness, physical therapy adapt to COVID-19 crisis

LAKE PLACID — Erik Lewish, a fitness manager at Adirondack Health, was ready for the winter sports season to end. And for good reason. The end of winter meant that his girlfriend, 2018 Olympian Clare Egan, would be returning from the World Cup biathlon tour in Europe. All that ...

State budget has $144.5M for Lake Placid Olympic venues

New York’s 2020-21 budget includes $144.5 million to continue major upgrades at Lake Placid’s 1980 Olympic facilities. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said that although his organization disagrees with some of the budget’s policies, the funding of ...

Ironman has a new owner

LAKE PLACID — The Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon has a new owner, an American media company. Held every summer since 1999, the Lake Placid race is the longest running Ironman 140.6-mile distance event in North America, outside of the World Championships in Hawaii. Lake Placid also added ...

First Bobcat biathlete

  PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College and the United States Biathlon Association have announced that one of the rising athletes in the USBA development system has committed to attend school and train on the school’s campus starting this fall. The two entities announced a partnership ...

The World was here last year

A year ago, on the final two days of March, Lake Placid hosted the 2019 International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation World Championships on the mile-long run at Mount Van Hoevenberg. In this photo, some of the competitors are lined up at the top of the track waiting to begin on of their runs. ...

Some ORDA construction projects to be put on hold

LAKE PLACID — Parts of multi-million dollar improvement projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic sites are expected to come to a halt. An executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo more than a week ago, and revised recently, directs construction companies to stop all “non-essential” ...

SL grad Will Coats honored at Alfred U

SARANAC LAKE — Will Coats, a 2017 graduate of Saranac Lake High School, has been named a 2020 Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society inductee as a student-athlete at Alfred University. Coats was a transfer student who attended Saranac Lake for his senior year and helped guide the Red Storm to a ...

ORDA sorts out non-essential construction details

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is currently looking into how the governor’s shutdown of all non-essential construction will affect its venue upgrades. “We are looking at that right now, and we’ll know exactly what that implication is,” said Scott ...

Postponing Tokyo Olympics is a tough but necessary task

Imagine if the Olympic Games were coming to Lake Placid again. And then they didn’t. This is precisely what the picture is in Tokyo right now, and really, around the rest of the world. The Olympic Games of 2020 just cannot happen this summer. It is a reality. It is a chilling fact none ...

Tokyo Summer Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics are going to happen — but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. This became clear after the IOC on Sunday announced it was considering a postponement. Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia have added pressure by saying they ...

Dropping into town

The world opened up for me Wednesday afternoon at about 2. I had never been north of Albany in my life. My summers as a kid were spent on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. The highest elevation there is about 18 inches. Or so it seemed. I have driven up Mount St. Helens twice. The first ...

SL board approves girls modified lacrosse

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake School Board of Education approved the formation of a girls modified lacrosse team at its meeting Wednesday night. At the start of the month, it looked like the approval was going to happen, but the team, a coach and a schedule would have to be put together ...

Schulz brothers ski into top-20

Many elite-level student-athletes at colleges across the United States didn’t get the opportunity to participate in national championship events at the end of their winter sports seasons this year. Lake Placid brothers Karl and Scott Schulz were fortunate enough to compete in one race ...

PSC snowshoers compete at nationals

In one of the later college sports events that took place this winter, seven members of the Paul Smith’s Striders turned in solid performances at the 2020 National Snowshoe Championships in Leadville, Colorado. The competition took place Feb. 28-March 1 on the campus of Colorado ...

Van Ho price tag goes up $2M

LAKE PLACID — The price tag for upgrades to the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex has gone up by $2 million. The ORDA Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to move forward a spate of projects, most of them related to utility, construction and snowmaking improvements ...

CVAC puts spring sports on hold

PLATTSBURGH — Spring sports, like everything else right now, are on hold. The Champlain Valley Athletic Conference unanimously passed a motion to suspend all athletic activities, which includes practices, scrimmages and contests, until April 20. The decision was confirmed by Section ...

PSC, US Biathlon form a partnership

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College is set to build a new biathlon facility and shooting range as it starts a partnership with the U.S. Biathlon Association, the Olympic sport’s national governing body. The announcement came at a press conference at the college Thursday. In October ...