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Local Olympians

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 ...