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Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

ORDA puts Olympic Center tunnel on hold

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is reworking its timeline for upgrades to the Olympic Center ice rink complex as the novel coronavirus continues to throw a wrench into construction projects this season. At the end of the ORDA Board of Directors’ remote ...

Olympic bobsledder Jovanovic dies at 43

LAKE PLACID — Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic took his life on Sunday, May 3 at the age of 43. The Toms River, N.J. native started the sport of bobsled in 1997. He went on to win a World Championship bronze medal in 2004, and to finish seventh in both the two-and four-man events at the ...

USA Nordic names teams for 2020-21 season

PARK CITY, Utah — USA Nordic has announced its upcoming 2020-21 season nominations for the ski jumping and Nordic combined national ski teams. A total of 47 athletes, including three who hail from Lake Placid, have been nominated to national and junior national teams based on their ...

State budget has $144.5M for Lake Placid Olympic venues

New York’s 2020-21 budget includes $144.5 million to continue major upgrades at Lake Placid’s 1980 Olympic facilities. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said that although his organization disagrees with some of the budget’s policies, the funding of ...

Some ORDA construction projects to be put on hold

LAKE PLACID — Parts of multi-million dollar improvement projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic sites are expected to come to a halt. An executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo more than a week ago, and revised recently, directs construction companies to stop all “non-essential” ...

ORDA sorts out non-essential construction details

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is currently looking into how the governor’s shutdown of all non-essential construction will affect its venue upgrades. “We are looking at that right now, and we’ll know exactly what that implication is,” said Scott ...

Postponing Tokyo Olympics is a tough but necessary task

Imagine if the Olympic Games were coming to Lake Placid again. And then they didn’t. This is precisely what the picture is in Tokyo right now, and really, around the rest of the world. The Olympic Games of 2020 just cannot happen this summer. It is a reality. It is a chilling fact none ...