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Winter Olympic Sports

When can Van Ho host biathlon World Cups? 2026 at earliest

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid organizers wants to bring the world’s best Nordic skiers and biathletes back to Mount Van Hoevenberg now that New York state has invested $80 million upgrading the 1980 Winter Olympic venue to what is expected to be World Cup caliber. The hope in U.S. and ...

Van Hoevenberg upgrade meant to ‘last 100 years’

LAKE PLACID — As Kris Cheney-Seymour gave a tour of the enormous new Mountain Pass Lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg on March 14, at one point he said, without breaking his matter-of-fact tone, this is now “one of the greatest Nordic venues on the planet.” He also said the investment ...

Budget gives $105M for ORDA venues

LAKE PLACID — New York’s new budget includes $105 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The money in the 2021-22 budget is about $39.5 million less than what the state approved last year. The funding will again go toward improvements to ...

US weighs Beijing Olympics boycott

WASHINGTON — The State Department said Tuesday the Biden administration is considering a possible boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics to protest China’s human rights record. Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. is consulting with like-minded countries around the ...

Death of ‘Miracle on Ice’ standout Pavelich ruled suicide

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Last month’s death of “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey standout Mark Pavelich was ruled a suicide, a Minnesota medical examiner said Monday. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County said in a news release that the 63-year-old Pavelich died of ...

World Cup bobsled tour to skip Lake Placid

Bobsledders and skeleton athletes from North America might be logging a lot of miles in the looming Olympic year, without any close-to-home races to help them out. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation released its tentative World Cup schedule for next season Thursday, with ...

Bowman named GM of 2022 men’s Olympic hockey team

With an opportunity to draw from what he considers the deepest pool of American-born talent ever assembled, Stan Bowman welcomes expectations that come with being the general manager of USA Hockey’s 2022 Olympic men’s national team. “I’m humbled and honored and can’t wait to ...

Rebuilding abandoned bobsled track for 2026

ROME — Organizers for the 2026 Olympics are sticking with their plans to spend 50 million euros ($60 million) to rebuild an abandoned bobsled track in Cortina d’Ampezzo and take on the risky proposition of holding speedskating at an outdoor oval in Baselga di Piné. Italian Olympic ...

Gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — James “Jimmy” Shea Jr., a former Lake Placid resident who won the gold medal in skeleton at the 2002 Winter Olympics, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child in Utah, authorities said. Shea, who now lives in Utah, made his first court appearance Monday on one ...

Saranac Lake teen skier makes podium at California competition

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — Teenage freestyle skier Kaylen Reiley of Saranac Lake earned a spot on the podium with a second-place finish last week at Mammoth Mountain. Reiley’s main ski discipline is slopestyle, in which athletes ski or snowboard down a course where with a variety of ...

Swiss Alps avalanche claims French Olympic snowboarder

PARIS (AP) — Julie Pomagalski, a former Olympic snowboarder from France, has died in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. She was 40. Pomagalski competed in the parallel giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2006 Turin Games. She won gold in the snowboard cross at the world ...

Contest launched to design mascot for World University Games

LAKE PLACID — A contest is on to determine the mascot for the 2023 Winter World University Games, which will be held in Lake Placid in less than two years. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the design competition’s launch on Tuesday. The mascot will serve as a highly visible symbol of the ...

Miracle on Ice camp postponed

LAKE PLACID — The sixth Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp was recently postponed for the third time in the past year, according to officials at the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. Last year’s event was to be held from May 3 to 7, more than a month after Lake Placid held a ...

Americans earn relay bronze in biathlon WC

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic — Susan Dunklee of Barton, Vermont, and Sean Doherty of Conway, New Hampshire combined to give the United States its first medal in the single mixed relay since 2017 as the BMW IBU World Cup wrapped up two weeks of competition in Nove Mesto on Sunday. Dunklee ...

Town OKs 1980 rink seat sale

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba Town Council has given the state Olympic Regional Development Authority the OK to sell seats from the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, where the legendary “Miracle on Ice” took place. ORDA is currently overseeing a large-scale, multi-million-dollar renovation ...

Olympic leaders, rights groups in stalemate over Beijing Winter Games

GENEVA — Activists protesting the 2022 Beijing Olympics hoped China’s record on human rights would get on the agenda this week at a major IOC gathering. The International Olympic Committee was just as determined not to speak publicly of the “No Beijing 2022” campaign’s ...

Summer Olympic host Japan declines China vaccine offer IOC accepted

TOKYO — Japan will not take part in China’s offer — accepted by the International Olympic Committee — to provide vaccines for “participants” in the postponed Tokyo Games and next year’s Beijing Winter Games. Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said Friday that Japan had not been ...

Caldwell, Lillis soar to silver

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN — Wednesday at the FIS World Freestyle Championships marked a significant outing for the United States men’s and women’s aerials team. Both Chris Lillis and Ashley Caldwell gave the competition everything they had and ended the day with two silver medals for the ...

Cortina craves bobsled revival with 2026 Olympics

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — When Cortina’s century-old bobsled track closed for financial reasons 13 years ago, the adjacent coffee bar kept on serving espressos. Still, bar owner Renzo Costantini pines for the good old days when drivers and brakemen would come whizzing down the ...