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Winter Olympic Sports

University Games will house athletes in Lake Placid, Canton, Potsdam

LAKE PLACID — Planning for the arrival of the 2023 Winter World University Games continues. In a virtual town hall hosted live from the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, officials involved with the planning of the games promoted the upcoming event and answered questions from residents and ...

Forum tonight on University Games progress

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Sports Council will host a virtual town hall today at 7 p.m. The focus of the meeting will be on the progress being made toward the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Winter World University Games, which Lake Placid and the Adirondack region will host Jan. 12-22, ...

Shots heard ’round the woods

PAUL SMITHS — There’s little doubt that anyone who has been around the North Country knows about the “Miracle on Ice.” Lowell Bailey, a 2017 world champion and now a leader in the U.S. Biathlon organization, described another miracle that is now in the making 40 years later. The ...

Luge World Cup moved from Lake Placid to Germany

Lake Placid will not play host to any major international sliding events this winter, after the International Luge Federation said Wednesday it will not hold a World Cup competition there because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The upstate New York village was supposed to host ...

Bobsled worlds moved from Lake Placid to Germany

This season’s bobsled and skeleton world championships were awarded Tuesday to Altenberg, Germany, and moved out of Lake Placid because of concerns across many winter sports about the coronavirus pandemic and potential travel complications for those coming to North America. The ...

Bobsled and skeleton World Championships moved from Lake Placid to Germany

This season’s bobsled and skeleton world championships were awarded Tuesday to Altenberg, Germany, and moved out of Lake Placid, New York, because of concerns across many winter sports about the coronavirus pandemic and potential travel complications for those coming to North America. The ...

Canada won’t host luge world championships

Canada will not host the luge world championships next year, with officials announcing Wednesday that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic left them no choice but to consider another site. The biggest impediment was the 14-day quarantine that would be required of any foreign athlete entering ...

World Cup ski tour to skip US, Canada

The road to another World Cup overall title won’t include any sort of home-snow advantage for Mikaela Shiffrin. The governing body for ski racing announced Thursday that it will skip the traditional North American loop due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On the ...

Senate passes bill to overhaul USOPC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would give Congress the power to dissolve the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s board of directors and would more than double the federation’s funding for the U.S. Center for SafeSport passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. The bill was written in ...

Lake Placid Olympic venues to open slowly

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is gradually opening the doors to Lake Placid’s Olympic venues. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum and the ORDA Store, both located within the Olympic Center on Main Street, reopened on July 18. A new zipline at the Olympic ...

5 new faces on ORDA board

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed five new members to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday. The governor’s new appointments include a new chairperson, Kelly Cummings. She takes over for Arthur Lussi of Lake Placid, who served as ...

Little appointed to ORDA board

LAKE PLACID — On Thursday the state Senate confirmed Sen. Betty Little as one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s five nominees to sit on the state Olympic Regional Development Agency board. Little, R-Queensbury, is retiring from the state Senate at the end of this year, but she starts this ...

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 ...

Zipline, gondola are open today at ski jumps

LAKE PLACID — The new Sky Flyer Zipline will open for its first rides today at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the news Thursday. The zipline is the latest year-round attraction at the 1980 Olympic ski jump complex, along with the recently ...

2021 Worlds in Lake Placid will be busiest ever

LAKE PLACID — The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) announced has announced that monobob has been added to the 2021 Lake Placid World Championship schedule. It will be the first time that monobob, which will make its Olympic debut at the 2022 Winter Olympics, will be ...

Design cost for Olympic Center tops $4.4 million

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of Directors authorized a $2.1 million design contract for upcoming upgrades at the Olympic Center on Tuesday, bumping the total spent on designs and research alone to more than $4.4 million. The board gave ORDA CEO ...

Luge still plans full World Cup season despite virus

The International Luge Federation is still planning for a full 10-race international season this fall and winter, though it has yet to say what protocols will be added to deal with the coronavirus. The FIL released a slightly updated plan for the season Thursday, with no changes to the ...

IOC to look at allowing athlete protests at Olympics

GENEVA — Amid a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC said Wednesday it would open talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games. Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures ...

Fegg is new head coach for USA Luge national team

LAKE PLACID — USA Luge announced Wednesday the repositioning of its coaching staff. Bill Tavares, who started as a national team coach in 2010 and took over as head coach in 2017, has relinquished his position, but will remain with the team as it enters the upcoming winter World Cup and ...

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 ...