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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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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
Feb 22, 2014 — Sean Doherty of the United States competes during the Men's 4 x 7.5 km Relay on Saturday at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center in Sochi, Russia.
Feb 21, 2014 — Eighteen-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin is the favorite in Friday's women's slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Three other Americans are also in the field of 88.

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
Olympian Daron Rahlves in Lake Placid (Photo: NPR's Graham Smith)
Olympian Daron Rahlves in Lake Placid (Photo: NPR's Graham Smith)

Olympic preview: ski cross thrilling... and unsafe?

The Winter Olympics open Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and this year, ski cross will make its debut. The sport has been a favorite of the Winter X Games. Skiers come out of the gates four at a time, competing for space on the narrow, twisty half-mile course and jockeying for position. They finish in about 50 seconds and get up to speeds of 50 mph, with lots of twists and turns and bumps and jumps along the way. But the sport is also controversial. At the Nature Valley World Cup ski cross final in Lake Placid, N.Y. last month, a skier from France was paralyzed from the waist down. NPR's Melissa Block has our story.  Go to full article

Film explores history, ideals of Lake Placid Winter Olympics

Lake Placid's Olympic heritage goes deep -- back to 1932, and through the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 games, to this month's games in Vancouver, Canada. The story of how Lake Placid developed as a winter sports resort and hosted two Olympic Winter Games is told in the documentary Small Town, Big Dreams. The film is being shown nationwide on public television this month as part of the 30th anniversary of the winter games in Lake Placid. It includes rare film footage and audio recordings from museums and private collections. Todd Moe talks with Adirondack-area filmmaker Scott Carroll about some of the people behind the '32 and '80 Winter Olympics, and whether the region could host the winter games again.  Go to full article
John Napier (right) celebrating with teammates (Source: USBSF)

After departing Lake Placid, American bobsled team rebuilds

Four years ago, the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, then based in Lake Placid, fell into turmoil just before the Winter Olympics in Turin. The team dismissed head-coach Tim Nardiello following allegations of sexual harassment. Top athletes were knocked out of competition by freak accidents and a controversy involving performance-enhancing drugs. Team leaders say they've rebuilt the organization and developed a powerful new stable of athletes - including Lake Placid's John Napier - who could return to the podium in Vancouver. But as Brian Mann reports, the Americans will have to compete without one of its best bobsledders.  Go to full article
Gina wins Gold in Turin, Italy (St. Lawrence University)

St Lawrence University alum hopes to win more Gold skating for Canada in Vancouver

This week, we're hearing from Olympians with athletic roots here in the North Country. The region has deep ties with 12 competitors in this year's Olympic Games in...  Go to full article
Competing on the speed skating oval in front of Lake Placid HS during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Source: Wikipedia Commons

NPR's Melissa Block reports on Lake Placid's Olympic tradition

This week we're previewing the Winter Games in Vancouver, where more than a dozen North Country athletes will compete.

The Olympics have evolved into a mammoth...  Go to full article
Bill Demong with his mom Helen

Bill Demong's Olympic journey: from Vermontville to Vancouver

This morning, we begin our week-long series previewing the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. We'll look at Lake Placid's continuing Olympic legacy and we'll profile some of...  Go to full article
Melissa Block, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered (Source: NPR)

On assignment: NPR's Melissa Block in Lake Placid

Over the weekend, NPR's Melissa Block was in Lake Placid, gathering interviews for Olympic stories that will air today and tomorrow. The co-host of All Things Considered...  Go to full article
Faisal Faisal in Lake Placid

Story 2.0: Iraqi?s struggle to reach Winter Olympics leads through Lake Placid

Iraq has never sent an athlete to the Winter Olympics. Back in 2005, before the games in Torino, Italy, Brian Mann profiled skeleton sled racer Faisal Gazi Faisal, from...  Go to full article
The Olympic Center in downtown Lake Placid

Lake Placid thinks the Winter Youth Olympic games may be a perfect fit

Officials in Lake Placid are considering a bid to host the Winter Youth Olympic Games, a smaller scale version of the Olympics featuring world-class teenage athletes. The...  Go to full article
Tim Burke at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Paul Smiths' Tim Burke leads international biathletes heading into the Vancouver Olympic Games

The 2010 Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver in less than two months and it looks like at least one North Country athlete will be ready.

Biathlete Tim Burke, from...  Go to full article

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