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Local Olympians

Emily Sweeney wins her second silver medal

IGLS, Austria (AP) — The opening weekend of the World Cup luge season was perfect for Austria. It was pretty good for Emily Sweeney, too. Austria claimed gold medals in all five races Sunday to cap a perfect 8-for-8 weekend for the host nation, which also swept wins in three races ...

Britcher, Sweeney to race in doubles luge

LAKE PLACID — During a virtual press conference on Monday, USA Luge singles athletes Summer Britcher, of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, and Emily Sweeney, of Lake Placid, announced that they will join forces in doubles luge. Britcher is a three-time Olympian and has five World Cup career ...

Elana Meyers Taylor elected to USOPC board

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced on Wednesday that Elana Meyers Taylor, a four-time Olympian and five-time medal winner in the sport of bobsled, has been elected by the USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Council to serve as an athlete ...

Terdiman retires from luge, will coach

Jayson Terdiman is done with sliding. He’s not done with luge. The two-time Olympian has been hired as a junior national team coach, USA Luge announced Thursday, while also making his retirement from competitive racing official. Terdiman said last December that he was retiring and ...

Team quotas not yet set for 2026 Olympic luge competition

LAKE PLACID — After the International Olympic Committee announced on June 24 that women’s doubles will be added to the 2026 Olympic Winter Games program at Milan Cortina, Italy, one question remains. Will there be fewer men competing in luge at the Olympics now that more women will be ...

Ray Brook native gets a shot a 2026 Olympics

LAKE PLACID — If flying down a luge track at a near 70 mph wasn’t risky enough, imagine doing that without the possibility of making the Olympics. That’s what Sophie Kirkby, of Ray Brook, risked when she switched over from singles luge to doubles during the early stages of the ...