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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics


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The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will get under way in Vancouver BC with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron on February 12.

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Team USA Photo Galleries

Lake Placid photographer Nancie Battaglia is now at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. She's there shooting for Sports Illustrated and other magazines, and for North Country Public Radio. Check out an ongoing slideshow of her photos of North Country Olympians and their families and fans. Olympic slideshow

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Behind the day's news with NCPR reporters: questions, comments, thoughts, and threads.
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Aug 28, 2014 — Payers recently gathered in Toronto for the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation trials. The Toronto Sun is accusing Jamaica of "poaching" Canadians of Jamaican descent.
Jun 11, 2014 — Commentator Frank Deford compares FIFA, the organization that puts on soccer's World Cup, with the International Olympic Committee — and finds both lacking.
Apr 14, 2014 — Phelps, who has won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, plans to compete in Arizona later this month.
Feb 28, 2014 — The small town of Remsen held an Olympic-sized party for the first U.S. woman to medal in luge. North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein reports that Erin Hamlin was welcomed home with a parade.
Feb 23, 2014 — Hockey is a mainstay of the Winter Olympics, but its timing conflicts with the NHL calendar. Some suggest it should join the Summer Olympics. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca of

Team USA hopefuls from NY & VT

Ethan Albrecht-Carrie North Tonowanda, New York
USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Lowell Bailey Lake Placid, New York
US Biathlon
Dustin Brown New York
USA Hockey
Tim Burke Paul Smiths, New York
US Biathlon
Ryan Callahan Rochester, New York
USA Hockey
Annelies Cook Lake Placid, New York
US Biathlon
John Daly Smithtown, New York
USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Bill Demong Vermontville, New York
US Ski and Snowboard
Susan Dunklee Barton, Vermont
US Biathlon
Grayson Fertig New York City, New York
USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Peter Frenette Saranac Lake, New York
USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Brian Gionta Rochester, NY
USA Hockey
Erin Hamlin Remsen, NY
USA Luge
Jason Hettenbaugh Lima, New York
US Biathlon
Lindsey Jacobellis Stratton Mt., Vermont
US Ski and Snowboard
Haley Johnson Lake Placid, New York
US Biathlon
Anders Johnson Plattsburgh, New York
US Ski and Snowboard
Dan Joye Carmel, NY
USA Luge
Patrick Kane Buffalo, New York
USA Hockey
Hannah Kearney Norwich, Vermont
US Ski and Snowboard
Mike Komisarek West Islip, New York
USA Hockey
Trevor Marsicano Ballston Spa, New York
US Speedskating
Chris Mazdzer Saranac Lake, New York
USA Luge
Samuel Morse Camden, New York
US Biathlon
Matt Mortensen Huntington Station, New York
USA Luge
John Napier Schenectady, New York
USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Andy Newell Shaftsbury, Vermont
US Ski and Snowboard
Annie O'Shea Port Jefferson Station, New York
USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Kevin Pearce Norwich, Vermont
US Ski and Snowboard
Rob Scuderi Syosset, New York
USA Hockey
Caleb Smith Lake Placid, New York
USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Bill Tavares Lake Placid, New York
USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
Hannah Teter Belmont, Vermont
US Ski and Snowboard

Olympic athletes lobby for ORDA Funding

The only firm plan on today's agenda at the state Legislature is for the Senate to give final approval of Gov. David Paterson's emergency bare-bones budget plan. The budget is supposed to be in place by April 1, but lawmakers plan to take their Passover-Easter break this week.

They're wrangling over a spending plan that includes some of the deepest cuts ever in school aid and other areas to contend with the state's fiscal crisis. The latest competing proposals are $1 billion apart. The state's fiscal health is in the balance. So are facilities and services considered vital to communities across the North Country: from parks to prisons, to ski hills.

Friday, local athletes just back from competing in the Vancouver Olympics were in Albany fighting for Lake Placid's Olympic venues. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Olympians rally for local ski hill

Many of the nation's top alpine skiers, including more than a dozen Olympians, are in the North Country to compete in the 2010 U.S. Alpine Championships at Whiteface Mountain, which got underway Saturday and continue today.

The roster of athletes includes Julia Mancuso, who won two silver medals at the Vancouver Winter Games, and 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety. But before they took to the slopes of Whiteface, a half-dozen members of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team visited Mount Pisgah, a small ski hill run by the Village of Saranac Lake, to ski with area kids and help raise funds for a new lift at the ski center. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid) smiles as he sees his bronze medal-winning time after finishing the super G.

A look back at the Olympics

Lake Placid-based photographer Nancie Battaglia was NCPR's eyes, and ears, during the Vancouver Olympic games. Battaglia came to Lake Placid to document the 1980 Winter Olympics, and she's is now an experienced Olympic "regular." Vancouver was her eighth games, seventh winter games. She shoots for a number of publications, including Sport Illustrated. This year she not only sent us great shots of local athletes at the games, she found their families and fans, too, and checked in on-air during breaks in the action. Martha Foley called her for a final conversation this week. She's been back for about a week, catching up, catching her breath. She left early on the final Sunday - missing the climactic US Canada hockey game, but also ahead of the crowds that jammed the region's airports that night and the next day.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake turned out Friday in a parade to honor returning North Country Olympic athletes. Nancie Battaglia photos

Saranac Lake honors local Olympians

A huge crowd turned out Friday afternoon in Saranac Lake for a parade through the village's downtown to honor the North Country athletes who competed at the Vancouver Winter...  Go to full article
See a much better photo on today's Photo of the Day page...

Heard Up North: Canada wins gold

Canadians celebrated the thrilling gold medal victory across the country last night. On Rue St. Laurent in downtown Montreal, cars paraded uptown with Canadian flags flying....  Go to full article
Bill Demong pushing to the finish yesterday. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.

Adirondacks' Bill Demong earns Olympic gold

Vermontville's Bill Demong gave the United States its first Olympic gold medal ever in a Nordic event as Americans posted a 1-2 finish in the Nordic Combined ski event at...  Go to full article
Bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht, known as "War Horse" (Illustration:  Marquil)

Weibrecht heading home, parade planned today

Lake Placid plans a first Olympic celebration this afternoon at 4, starting near the Olympic Arena, to celebrate alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht's bronze medal in Super-G. ...  Go to full article
The lake Placid House in action in Whistler. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.

North Country crew works behind the scenes at Olympics

While North Country athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver have been grabbing the headlines, and rightfully so, another group of local residents has been...  Go to full article

Cartoon Correspondent: A Hockey Game in Ottawa

Cartoonist Marquil invaded the Canadian capital to incite a sports-based border conflict on the occasion of the US-Canada Men's Hockey game. In this sketchbook, the wisely...  Go to full article

Cartoonist Marquil looks at the Vancouver Games

Our regional cartoonist Marquil, in a fit of hometown pride at the performance of local Olympians, has burst forth into full color. Here are two cartoons celebrating the...  Go to full article

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