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Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

Van Ho price tag goes up $2M

LAKE PLACID — The price tag for upgrades to the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex has gone up by $2 million. The ORDA Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to move forward a spate of projects, most of them related to utility, construction and snowmaking improvements ...

Winter sports partly shut down

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is closing some of its venues and reducing the visitation capacity of others amidst the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, more major events at ORDA venues have been canceled, including the ...

A ‘Miracle’ in a time of doubt

LAKE PLACID — It was a Monday, Aug. 11, 2003. New York Daily News Sports Writer Wayne Coffey had an appointment to interview 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey Coach Herb Brooks on the phone that evening for an upcoming book, “The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 ...

Britcher on the cusp of podium

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — On the next to last day of the Viessmann World Cup luge season Saturday, Summer Britcher of the United States finished fourth in Koenigssee, missing a bronze medal by just 0.013 of a second. Nevertheless, the resulting World Cup points elevated the Glen Rock, ...

Luge officials rescind penalty against Britcher

KONIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — USA Luge veteran Summer Britcher won’t be sanctioned for comments she made about safety and course conditions at last weekend’s World Cup competition. The International Luge Federation said Friday it is rescinding plans to penalize Britcher for her comments ...

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 ...

Olympic figure skater Chris Knierim announces retirement

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Figure skater Chris Knierim, one half of the husband-and-wife duo that helped the U.S. win a team bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, announced his retirement Wednesday while Alexa Knierim said she will continue skating with a new partner. The ...

Eruzione says he didn’t know being at Trump rally would divide fans

The rally appearance, the “Keep America Great” hats — none of it was planned, according to Mike Eruzione. On Friday, members of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team who stunned the world with a win over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid were ...

Lake Placid junior lugers earn top 10s

OBERHOF, Germany — USA Luge ended the Junior World Championships on Saturday in warm and windy Oberhof with a fourth-place result in the team competition, while doubles teams Sean Hollander and Michael O’Gara took sixth, Dana Kellogg with Duncan Segger were eighth, and Maya Chan and ...