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Winter Olympic Sports

Aron McGuire hired as CEO of US bobsled-skeleton

Aron McGuire knows how to push a bobsled and knows his way around Olympic boardrooms. USA Bobsled and Skeleton is hoping that makes him the perfect fit to run their organization. McGuire was announced Thursday as USABS’ new CEO, a job that he’ll formally assume in February. He was a ...

Swiss remain cautious on Olympic bid

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — After a 72-year gap, Switzerland hosted Olympic events at the Lausanne Winter Youth Games that closed this week as a popular success. So, when are the Olympics Games next coming to the IOC’s home country? Organizers in Lausanne long hoped that creating a ...

Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy hasn’t had much time to rehearse and practice new tricks heading into the Winter X Games this weekend. That’s no line, either. He’s just been too busy memorizing them. The 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist is one tough act to follow as his ...

Britcher climbs rankings with silver

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher showed that the Hunderfossen track in Lillehammer is her happy place as she used a brilliant second run to advance from fourth to the silver medal at the World Cup luge event last weekend. The result also brought her up to fourth in the ...

NCAA to allow potential Olympians to receive more benefits

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The NCAA will now permit elite athletes to be paid for training expenses by the U.S. Olympic Committee and other national governing bodies. The Division I Council adopted the legislation Wednesday at the NCAA convention and it is effective immediately. ...

Governor’s budget offers giant leap for ORDA funding

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal. If ...

Governor proposes $147M more for Olympic venue upgrades

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, and if ...

Church races to bronze medal in Austria

IGLS, Austria  — Hunter Church, Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Kris Horn claimed the bronze medal in Sunday’s four-man bobsled World Cup in Igls. It was Church’s first week in Igls, but his enthusiasm was bigger than his inexperience. “This sport is my passion,” Church said. ...

Eckert takes 8th in St. Moritz

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — There are major competitions in Switzerland and Norway this weekend, with the Youth Olympic Games luge events now underway and the Viessmann World Cup tour continuing in Lillehammer. The long-awaited luge events at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne commenced ...

Will Koch looks to make his mark in Youth Olympic Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Cross-country skier Will Koch is used to lengthy introductions when his name is announced before a race. It usually begins with “This is Will Koch, son of Bill Koch,” and ends with variants of “Olympic medalist” and “American skiing legend.” Indeed, ...

Fitzsimons connects love of robotics and skeleton

For Teddy Fitzsimons, sport has been a passion since he could remember. He tried them all: wrestling, gymnastics, track, cross-country, baseball, football, lacrosse and soccer. But it wasn’t until his favorite sport — wrestling — was no longer an option that he found his new love. ...

World Cup bobsled/skeleton tour stops in Igls

IGLS, Austria — The fifth stop of the bobsled and skeleton World Cup tour will take place in Igls, Austria starting Friday through the weekend.  Andrew Blaser (Meridian, Idaho), Austin Florian (Southington, Connecticut) and Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, Massachusetts) will kick off the Igls ...

New Olympic hosting ideas tested at Youth Games in Lausanne

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — New ways of solving challenges for Olympic host cities are being tested this month at the Winter Youth Games in Lausanne. Most athletes taking public transport to their venue. Staging medal events in a neighboring country. Creating cost-effective space ...

Shiffrin has work to do to earn 4th straight overall title

Mikaela Shiffrin has yet to win a race in 2020 and actually recently recorded a rare “did not finish” in an event. The two-time Olympic gold medalist knows what some might be thinking: What is going on? Her response: Nothing that a little rest wouldn’t fix. Only, there’s no ...

New Olympic Jumping Complex gondola now open

LAKE PLACID — A new gondola is open for business in Lake Placid. The opening of the SkyRide gondola system at the Olympic Jumping Complex, one piece of an ongoing multi-million dollar update of the facility, was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday. The Olympic Jumping Complex is ...

Mazdzer leads the way for Team USA

ALTENBERG, Germany — The efforts of Chris Mazdzer in doubles and singles led the American effort Saturday as Viessmann World Cup luge racing resumed in Altenberg after a month-long holiday recess. Mazdzer teamed with Jayson Terdiman in the morning to finish 17th in doubles. In the ...

Ledger registers strong results in Youth Olympic Games

Van Ledger, of Lake Placid, competed in two biathlon events over the weekend at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ledger was the top American male finisher in the 12-kilometer individual event Saturday, finishing 59th with a time of 41 minutes, 3.5 seconds. Teammate ...

World Cup luge season resumes in Germany

ALTENBERG, Germany — After a holiday pause of nearly a month, the Viessmann World Cup tour resumes Saturday and Sunday in the outpost of Altenberg, Germany, adjacent to the border of the Czech Republic. The resumption finds the remainder of the World Cup schedule, through February, taking ...