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Winter Olympic Sports

Bobsled, skeleton World Cup run kicks off in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will host its first of two International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Bobsled World Cup events this weekend at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The World Cup — with competition slated for ...

Doherty leads US in biathlon World Cup

OESTERSUND, Sweden — The longest race on the biathlon docket is always a test of fitness, especially during the opening stop on the world cup circuit. That was the case on Wednesday at the BMW IBU World Cup opener as the men raced the 20-kilometer individual event under the lights in ...

Judge finds ‘Miracle on Ice’ star is mentally ill

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Wednesday ordered that a former member of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team should be committed to a secure treatment facility, saying the hockey star is mentally ill and dangerous. Mark Pavelich, 61, of Lutsen, was charged ...

Bennett zooming toward first World Cup podium

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Looking back, Bryce Bennett realizes the risk his parents took to launch his ski racing career. The American downhiller needed extra funding. His parents offered to take out a second mortgage on their house to provide that necessary capital. He took them up on it ...

Van Ho records fall in World Cup

LAKE PLACID — The cold air that moved into the Adirondacks over the weekend made for fast ice at the Mount Van Hoevenberg track Saturday and Sunday for the Viessmann Luge World Cup. Track records were set, the U.S. luge team walked away with five medals, and the U.S. doubles sled ...

Shiffrin lights up Killington once again

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin’s winning margins in World Cup slaloms just get more remarkable. One weekend after finishing 1.78 seconds ahead of her opponents in Finland, Shiffrin was a massive 2.29 seconds clear of her biggest rival, Petra Vlhova, in the United States on ...

Shiffrin captures record 41st World Cup slalom win

LEVI, Finland (AP) — Coming off a record-breaking season with 17 race wins, Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t need much time in the new campaign to reach yet another milestone. The American set the all-time World Cup record for most slalom wins by any skier on Saturday, after earning her 41st ...

Kristoffersen beats Noel for first slalom win in 22 months

LEVI, Finland (AP) — Henrik Kristoffersen has finally triumphed again in a men’s World Cup slalom after 22 months, winning the first race since the retirement of his longtime nemesis Marcel Hirscher. Competing in foggy conditions and snowfall, Kristoffersen edged first-run leader ...

Curtis, Roderick lead USA Skeleton in Intercontinental Cup opener

SOCHI, Russia — In only her second career Intercontinental Cup event, Kelly Curtis led USA Skeleton with sixth- and eighth-place finishes on the 2014 Olympic track in Sochi, Russia over the weekend. Sara Roderick, who just began competing last season, posted a 10th-place finish for another ...

USA Bobsled assembles national team

LAKE PLACID — The USA Bobsled National Team for the 2019-2020 season was named Thursday following the conclusion of a series of trials races. Six athletes were named to the women’s team. Brittany Reinbolt earned her spot at the helm of USA 1 with her USA Bobsled National Championship ...

Snowboarding visionary dies at 65

Whether you had a gold medal hanging from your neck, were just learning how to stand on a snowboard, or were one of those flustered skiers wondering where all the kids in the baggy pants were coming from, you knew the name “Burton.” Jake Burton Carpenter, the man who changed the game ...

North American Cup bobsled, skeleton races conclude in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Hunter Church, Dakota Lynch, Blaine McConnell and Adrian Adams finished out USA Bobsled National Team Trials as the top American sled after a silver medal performance in Thursday’s four-man bobsled competition in the Lake Placid North American Cup.  Katie Uhlaender ...

Door is open for US women

The closest that an American woman has come to winning the overall World Cup luge championship was in 1992, when Cammy Myler finished second to Germany’s Susi Erdmann by a single point in a chase that was decided by less than one-tenth of a second. Things could change this ...

Luge season ready for liftoff

LAKE PLACID — Nearly nine months has elapsed since the last Viessmann World Cup luge race was held. Fast forward to the new 2019-2020 season, and the tour finds itself reconnecting on the familiar ice of Igls, Austria where the campaign gets underway Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. ...

Bascue and Williamson pick up season-opening gold at NAC race

LAKE PLACID — Codie Bascue and Josh Williamson led the men’s field in USA Bobsled Team Trials after a gold medal performance in the opening two-man bobsled North American Cup race of the season Monday, Nov. 18. Team Bascue finished almost a quarter of a second ahead of reigning ...

Silver lining for Holcomb’s sled

U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb is getting one last victory celebration. A long overdue one. More than 2 1/2 years after his death — and almost six years removed from the bobsled races in question — Holcomb and his team are about to finally be presented the silver medals that they ...

U.S. Biathlon team ready for action

NEW GLOUSESTER, Maine — Following the completion of the U.S. Biathlon Fall Festival and IBU Cup Trials held at the end of October in Soldier Hollow, Utah, 15 athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Biathlon teams competing at the opening events of the 2019-20 season. “We had an ...

Russia, US go toe-to-toe in Poland

KATOWICE, Poland — The fight was about doping. The United States delivered haymakers. Russia came back with jabs. The proverbial blows were delivered Wednesday in a vast conference room in Poland during a pair of 3-minute speeches that cut through the tedium of an otherwise sleepy ...

Lake Placid picks up a second weekend of IBSF World Cup races

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will be hosting the first two International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cups this year at Mount Van Hoevenberg, instead of only one as previously planned. The season-opening BMW IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton World ...

USA Skeleton announces Cup squads for upcoming season

LAKE PLACID — The World Cup and Intercontinental Cup squads for the 2019-2020 season were announced Sunday following a series of four USA Skeleton National Team Trials races in Lake Placid. Athletes accumulated points over the last two weeks in the race series to earn their positions on the ...