Olympian Tyler George to visit SL schools

Tyler George throws a rock during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Provided photo — Rich Harmer, USA Curling)

SARANAC LAKE — Olympic curling gold medalist Tyler George is showcasing his sport in front of Saranac Lake Central School District students next week.

The two schools, Petrova Elementary and Middle School and Saranac Lake High School, will each host assemblies and participate in select gym classes to help explain the nuances and strategies behind curling, often referred to as “Chess on Ice.”

The presentations come ahead of the 2023 FISU Games, during which curling events will be happening at the Saranac Lake Civic Center.

In addition to the assemblies, George will join the local curling club and community members for a meet and greet and presentation on the sport of curling at Bitters & Bones in Saranac Lake on Monday at 6 p.m.

Over the past few years, the Lake Placid Curling Club — which has league play in Saranac Lake — has hosted family and youth curling programs. The club is volunteering during the 2023 FISU Games and George’s visit.

“Our community enjoys Olympians who are neighbors, serving as coaches, role models and board members of youth sports, so to have Olympic gold medalist Tyler George join us and share the athleticism and strategies of curling with the North Country is especially exciting for us,” said Saranac Lake native and Lake Placid Curling Club president Kimberly Weinrick.

Historic Saranac Lake will also be hosting a mini-exhibit at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, featuring some artifacts and photos in its collection relating to the history of curling in Saranac Lake. Curling in Saranac Lake dates back more than 100 years to the time when the village was a tuberculosis health resort. Local doctors, residents, and patients joined curling leagues and held local and international competitions.


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