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Bobsled, skeleton World Cup run kicks off in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will host its first of two International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Bobsled World Cup events this weekend at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The World Cup — with competition slated for ...

Van Ho records fall in World Cup

LAKE PLACID — The cold air that moved into the Adirondacks over the weekend made for fast ice at the Mount Van Hoevenberg track Saturday and Sunday for the Viessmann Luge World Cup. Track records were set, the U.S. luge team walked away with five medals, and the U.S. doubles sled ...

Coming home party for USA Luge

LAKE PLACID — Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher gave the United States National Luge Team its first medal of the season at the first World Cup in Innsbruck/Igls, Austria this past weekend, and the team is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving week on their home track training for World ...

Door is open for US women

The closest that an American woman has come to winning the overall World Cup luge championship was in 1992, when Cammy Myler finished second to Germany’s Susi Erdmann by a single point in a chase that was decided by less than one-tenth of a second. Things could change this ...

Luge season ready for liftoff

LAKE PLACID — Nearly nine months has elapsed since the last Viessmann World Cup luge race was held. Fast forward to the new 2019-2020 season, and the tour finds itself reconnecting on the familiar ice of Igls, Austria where the campaign gets underway Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. ...

Bascue and Williamson pick up season-opening gold at NAC race

LAKE PLACID — Codie Bascue and Josh Williamson led the men’s field in USA Bobsled Team Trials after a gold medal performance in the opening two-man bobsled North American Cup race of the season Monday, Nov. 18. Team Bascue finished almost a quarter of a second ahead of reigning ...

Silver lining for Holcomb’s sled

U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb is getting one last victory celebration. A long overdue one. More than 2 1/2 years after his death — and almost six years removed from the bobsled races in question — Holcomb and his team are about to finally be presented the silver medals that they ...

Sliding track off to fast start

LAKE PLACID — While big machines and trucks moved earth, stone and building material below, working on the project that’s totally transforming the Olympic Sports Complex, members of the United States luge team were higher up on Mount Van Hoevenberg Tuesday morning, trying out the ice for ...

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, ...