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Local Olympians

Weibrecht to lead rebirth of PSC alpine ski program

PAUL SMITHS — While colleges around the country are dropping varsity sports programs, Paul Smith’s College has been on a mission for over a year to bring more competitive sports to its 14,000-acre campus in the Adirondacks. After officially announcing the addition of Nordic skiing, ...

USA Luge roster set after qualifying completed

LAKE PLACID (AP) — Brittney Arndt and Ashley Farquharson grabbed the last two available spots on USA Luge’s World Cup roster on Friday, rounding out the 10-person team that is going to Europe with plans of competing in the final six races of the season starting in January. Arndt and ...

USA Luge qualifiers wrap up today in LP

LAKE PLACID — With a number of athletes pre-qualified for this season’s Eberspacher World Cup tour, USA Luge began to fill the remaining spots in racing at Mount Van Hoevenberg Thursday with the series to conclude on Friday. Emily Sweeney, the 2019 World Championship bronze medalist, ...

Olsen retires, will coach US sliders with Garrett Hines

LAKE PLACID — Olympic bobsled medalists Justin Olsen and Garrett Hines are joining the United States Bobsled/Skeleton staff as start coaches. Olsen and Hines have a combined 22 years of experience as athletes, and have earned a total of six World Championship and Olympic medals over their ...

Duncan Kennedy to coach Canada

LAKE PLACID (AP) — Duncan Kennedy, one of the top sliders in USA Luge history and a three-time qualifier for the Olympics, has been hired as an assistant coach by Luge Canada. Kennedy officially starts his new role on Monday. He will be based in Lake Placid, New York. Kennedy was the ...

Olympians promote PSC sport-education initiative

PAUL SMITHS — In a virtual gathering of Olympians, Paul Smith’s College recently organized a meeting of the five Adirondack region athletes who form the school’s Olympian Advisory Council. The athletes account for six Olympic medals and a total of 16 United States Olympic teams. They ...

USA Luge names 2020-21 national team

Chris Mazdzer was supposed to be in Thailand right now. The 2018 Olympic men’s luge silver medalist was going to be getting married there on Saturday, before resuming training for another World Cup sliding season. The wedding is postponed, just pushed back a year. The season is in ...

Luge Olympian sinks opening-day hole-in-one at Saranac Inn

Jayson Terdiman, a two-time Olympic luge athlete who lives in Lake Placid, added another memento to the shelves in his home where he keeps the many medals and trophies he has won around the world. But his latest addition to the collection has nothing to do with sliding on ice. Instead, ...

As luge season winds down, Sweeney looks ahead

Luge’s World Cup campaign ends this weekend in Germany, where most of the best 100 sliders in the sport will be looking to close their international seasons on a high note. Emily Sweeney won’t be among them. Her season ended a couple weeks ago, on her terms. The USA Luge veteran ...

US pulls out of luge World Cup

USA Luge pulled its team out of the World Cup luge races in Winterberg, Germany, adding to a chorus of athletes from many nations protesting what they are calling unsafe ice conditions. Austria also withdrew its team from the weekend events and even several sliders from Germany said they ...

Athletes describe Olympic roots

LAKE PLACID — Four Olympians and two aspiring Olympians — ranging from ages 16 to 65 — shared stories about their relationship to this village’s Olympic legacy Monday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The event — “Lake Placid’s Olympic Legacy: An Athlete’s ...

Humphries fueled by determination

ALTENBERG, Germany — When Kaillie Humphries won the women’s bobsled 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid she watched as the men’s bobsled champions hoisted a trophy etched with the names of generations of winners. There was no trophy to commemorate the women, who were added to ...

Lugers overcome rainy conditions

WINTERBERG, Germany — Winter and international luge racing have had nothing in common recently as the World Cup tour and the Junior World Cup circuit have been hit with warm, rainy weather in the resort destination ironically known as Winterberg. Despite the conditions, which USA Luge ...

ORDA adds Terdiman as sponsor

LAKE PLACID — U.S. luger Jayson Terdiman is joining his doubles partner — Chris Mazdzer — as a new face of this village as the state Olympic Regional Development Authority has signed him up as a sponsor athlete. Mazdzer has been in the sponsor athlete program for multiple years, ...

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 ...