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Local Olympians

Phaneuf talks climate change at APA

RAY BROOK – Olympic biathlete Maddie Phaneuf, who lives in Lake Placid, spoke to the state Adirondack Park Agency board on Friday with a message about climate change. Phaneuf was a member of the 2018 Winter Olympic biathlon team, but developed strep throat and the flu and could not ...

USA Luge collects 2 golds, 1 silver

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Five days into its first preseason camp of the fall, USA Luge athletes donned their race faces on Saturday, and dominated the annual Lillehammer Cup exhibition event on the 1994 Olympic course. The doubles team of 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer, of ...

Red Storm tops Moriah in offensive shoot out

SARANAC LAKE — After seeing injuries take their toll this season, Saranac Lake head football coach Eric Bennett said earlier this week that he was taking a team of 17 strong into Linney Field Friday night to battle with a Moriah squad that’s always tough on home turf. In a game that ...

Luge ice season opens in Norway

LAKE PLACID — After a summer of dry land training, start training and conditioning, USA Luge will bring its eight-member national team to Lillehammer to begin on-ice sliding starting Oct. 2. The squad, led by Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer, 2019 World Championship bronze medalist ...

Push championships launch season

LAKE PLACID — The 2019 USA Bobsled Push Championships will kick off the competitive season on the wheeled push track in Lake Placid on Thursday. Competing in push championships is required for returning bobsled athletes who are vying for a spot on the 2019-2020 USA Bobsled National ...

16 Americans set to compete in Junior Grand Prix event

LAKE PLACID — The 2019 International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series continues this week in Lake Placid. The field includes 16 Americans, 11 of which are making their JGP debut at Herb Brooks Arena. Competition opens on Thursday, with the men’s and pairs short ...

US Bobsled, Skeleton parting with CEO

USA Bobsled and Skeleton has fired CEO Darrin Steele, who oversaw teams that won nine Olympic medals and 12 world championship medals. Steele will remain in place for about another month. The federation’s board of directors did not cite a specific reason for the change. Athletes were ...

Bryant, Demong, Randall chosen for LP Hall of Fame

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee has named its 2019 nominees for induction to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame. Francis Thaire Bryant, Billy Demong and Craig H. Randall will be inducted into the hall, which can be found inside the Conference Center at Lake ...

Sliders happy with Italy as Olympic host

LAKE PLACID — At least when it comes to the sliding sports, Americans couldn’t be much more excited with the selection of the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo as the host of the 2026 Winter Olympics. On Monday, the International Olympic Committee announced its choice ...

Shea among Hall of Fame inductees

LAKE PLACID — Jimmy Shea, Curtis Stevens, Hubert Stevens, Bill Washburn, Ivan Brown and Jack Heaton will be inducted as the seventh class of the USA Bobsled/Skeleton Hall of Fame during a private ceremony in Lake Placid the evening of June 21. “We are excited to recognize and celebrate ...

Terdiman ready for round two

LAKE PLACID — An unusual arrangement emerged on the USA Luge team last season, as Olympic silver medal-winning solo slider Chris Mazdzer joined Jayson Terdiman on the doubles sled. It turned out to be a winning combination as the pair reached the podium at Mount Van Hoevenberg, and ...

Luge World Cup schedule includes Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The International Luge Federation (FIL) announced its World Cup racing schedule for the upcoming winter, and it includes a Thanksgiving weekend stop in Lake Placid. The FIL finalized the schedule for the 2019-20 Viessmann Luge World Cup will start off in Innsbruck-Igls, ...

Weibrecht enshrined in HOF

LAKE PLACID — Less than a year after concluding a ski racing career that produced Olympic silver and bronze medals, Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, was among eight skiers, boarders and snow sport officials inducted Saturday, April 6 into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and ...

Egan not quite ready to retire

LAKE PLACID — A year ago, Lake Placid-based biathlete Clare Egan was getting ready for one more World Cup season before hanging up her skis and rifle at the age of 31. But after claiming her first podium and finishing the season ranked 18th in the world, Egan has changed her tune and is ...

US Biathlon names next season’s roster

LAKE PLACID — After a stunning 2018-19 World Cup biathlon season, Clare Egan revoked her retirement and will represent the US in international competition next winter. The US Biathlon International Competition Committee named seven athletes to represent the country in biathlon races ...

Splash into spring

WILMINGTON — The Whiteface Mountain Ski Center hosted its annual International Pond Skimming Contest on Saturday, and despite the lack of sunny blue skies, a field of nearly 100 participants showed up to entertain the large crowd of spectators that gathered at the base of the slopes for ...

Holcomb’s teams now are Sochi silver medalists

MIAMI — Steven Holcomb is now a winner of two silver bobsled medals for the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a determination that has been made more than five years after those games ended and nearly two years after his death. The International Olympic Committee’s executive board ...

Biathlon optimism

LAKE PLACID — Four-time Olympians Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke will soon be teammates again, but they are not the only things coming together for biathlon in the United States — and specifically for the sport in this village. New York state is sinking tens of millions of dollars in the ...

Bailey, Burke to take on leadership positions with U.S. Biathlon

HOLMENKOLLEN, OSLO, Norway — Four-time Olympian Lowell Bailey has been named as U.S. Biathlon’s high performance director, and will return to Lake Placid to serve in the position that begins May 1. Longtime Chief of Sport Bernd Eisenbichler, who has been the architect of U.S. ...

Lussi back in flight at worlds

LAKE PLACID — Nina Lussi may have come up short in achieving the results she wanted at the 2019 FIS World Ski Championships, which were recently held in Seefeld, Austria. But when it comes to taking another step toward a hopeful trip to the 2022 Winter Olympics, the world championships ...