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Winter Olympic Sports

Missing Miracle stick resurfaces in Michigan after 39 years

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A hockey stick used by a 1980 Team USA hockey player from Michigan has resurfaced nearly four decades after it disappeared. The stick belonged to Mark Wells. The Olympic gold medalist gave it to the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena in 1980, the last time it was ...

Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Riding a wave of widespread Italian enthusiasm to be an Olympic host, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the 2026 Winter Games. International Olympic Committee members voted 47-34 for the long-favored Milan-Cortina bid over Stockholm-Are from ...

Ski jumps hit cost bump

LAKE PLACID — The ongoing state-funded upgrades to the Olympic Jumping Complex have hit a speed bump. The Olympic Regional Development Authority received just one response to a request for proposals to regrade the landing hills at the 90- and 120-meter ski jumps, in order for them to ...

Van Ho price tag goes up

LAKE PLACID — Site work and preparations for the construction of a new base lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg are progressing on schedule. But they’re expected to cost $10-20 million more than previously thought, and at least one local official feels he was left out of the loop. Michael ...

Italian bid looking stronger than Sweden’s

GENEVA — The Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo looked stronger than the Stockholm-Are project in an IOC analysis of the candidates published Friday. Polling by the International Olympic Committee, which typically looks to get a warm welcome ...

First look at Van Ho lodge design

LAKE PLACID — A modern, three-story brown-brick lodge filled with spacious, sun-drenched lounges, a cafe and gift shop — that’s what a Rochester-based contractor has been selected to make a reality at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The board of New York’s Olympic Regional Development ...

Shea among Hall of Fame inductees

LAKE PLACID — Jimmy Shea, Curtis Stevens, Hubert Stevens, Bill Washburn, Ivan Brown and Jack Heaton will be inducted as the seventh class of the USA Bobsled/Skeleton Hall of Fame during a private ceremony in Lake Placid the evening of June 21. “We are excited to recognize and celebrate ...

Terdiman ready for round two

LAKE PLACID — An unusual arrangement emerged on the USA Luge team last season, as Olympic silver medal-winning solo slider Chris Mazdzer joined Jayson Terdiman on the doubles sled. It turned out to be a winning combination as the pair reached the podium at Mount Van Hoevenberg, and ...

Ski jump upgrade is underway

LAKE PLACID — Officials with the state Olympic Regional Development Authority believe that a portion of roughly $3 million worth of upgrades to the Olympic Jumping Complex will be completed by autumn, and the rest wrapped up with plenty of time to spare before the 2023 Winter World ...

Luge World Cup schedule includes Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The International Luge Federation (FIL) announced its World Cup racing schedule for the upcoming winter, and it includes a Thanksgiving weekend stop in Lake Placid. The FIL finalized the schedule for the 2019-20 Viessmann Luge World Cup will start off in Innsbruck-Igls, ...

Olympic medalist honored by Figure Skating in Harlem

NEW YORK — Sharon Cohen believes Figure Skating in Harlem represents a microcosm of the sport itself. That’s one reason the organization is honoring 2001 U.S. champion and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Tim Goebel at its April gala. Cohen founded FSH 22 years ago, seeing a need in the ...

Weibrecht enshrined in HOF

LAKE PLACID — Less than a year after concluding a ski racing career that produced Olympic silver and bronze medals, Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid, was among eight skiers, boarders and snow sport officials inducted Saturday, April 6 into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and ...

Lussi, Ledger nominated for national teams

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid natives Nina Lussi and Becket Ledger have been nominated for national team status by USA Nordic. Lussi, who returned to ski jumping last year after a knee injury, was nominated to the B Team for ski jumping, behind Nita Englund, of Florence, Wisconsin. Ledger ...

US Biathlon names next season’s roster

LAKE PLACID — After a stunning 2018-19 World Cup biathlon season, Clare Egan revoked her retirement and will represent the US in international competition next winter. The US Biathlon International Competition Committee named seven athletes to represent the country in biathlon races ...

US, Canada favorites for world championships

The American women have beaten Canada in seven of the last eight world hockey championship finals, including a 3-2 overtime win two years ago in Michigan. Most expect another showdown between the top two national teams at the end of this year’s edition of worlds, which opens Thursday in ...

Bissonnette races to para-bob gold

LAKE PLACID — With just 13 racers competing in Lake Placid over the weekend, the 2019 IBSF Para Bobsled World Championships certainly didn’t feature a big field. But there’s little doubt that each athlete who competed has guts, determination, and perhaps most of all, loves the ...

USA Luge moves across town

LAKE PLACID — Almost three years after New York state promised to give USA Luge $5 million to help build a new start ramp in this town, construction is set to begin in April. That means vacating the luge team’s headquarters on Church Street and moving temporarily to the Mirror Lake ...

Skiing bonds Shiffrin, Paralympian

Ten years ago, Mikaela Shiffrin visited a friend and fellow ski racer in the hospital who was diagnosed with cancer. Thomas Walsh could barely sit up or eat and later had parts of his pelvis and lung removed due to the tumors. Shiffrin grew up skiing with Walsh, the two sharing a similar ...

Rasmussen looks to continue winning ways in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Christ Rasmussen has had a pretty good World Cup season in para-bobsledding, earning multiple trips to the podium as the series made its way around the world this winter. And now, with the season wrapping up with the IBSF Para Sport World Championships in Lake Placid this ...

Jacobo feeds off adrenaline for para-bobsledding success

LAKE PLACID — Steven Jacobo is a self-described adrenaline junky, so hurtling himself down the bobsled track this weekend at Mount Van Hoevenberg doesn’t rattle the 28-year-old at all. Jacobo is a member of the USA Para-Bobsleigh team, and after reaching one podium during the World ...