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The 22nd Winter Olympics take place from February 6-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana.

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NCPR has made a point of highlighting Olympic athletes from this listening area, with lots of extra reporting/photography from Brian Mann, Chris Knight and Nancie Battaglia. It’s a nice touch. Unfortunately, I’ve been a bit lax about...
Maybe hosting the Olympics produces a bump in interest and performance the next time around. That’s my theory, anyway, because four years after the Vancouver games Canada’s been having a rich Olympic experience in Sochi. As the Toronto...
The huge North Country story lines at the end of Week 1 in Sochi look something like this.  We have two medals so far, a silver and a bronze! 1.  Andrew Weibrecht from Lake Placid knows when to go.  Early this morning on the Super G...
This week, women athletes competed for the first time in Olympic ski jumping competitions, with Americans like Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome soaring over Sochi. Van finished a disappointing sixteenth place, but she still bookmarked her spot in...
On The Takeaway this week with John Hockenberry, physicicst Eric Goff is on hand to talk about the physics of Olympic athletes and events. Here, Goff looks at the physics behind “fast ice” and the sport of curling with Brady Clark,...

Sochi Olympics
Jul 18, 2014 — Paralympic snowboarder and "Dancing With the Stars" finalist Amy Purdy tells how losing her legs at age 19 enabled her to achieve more than she ever dreamed.
Jun 13, 2014 — The most popular global sporting event, the World Cup, kicked off this week in Brazil. But the Barbershop guys are fired up about games closer to home: the NBA finals.
Mar 15, 2014 — In the sport many call "murder ball on ice," the U.S. team becomes the first to repeat at consecutive Paralympics. The game was broadcast live on NBC.
Mar 5, 2014 — Alpine skier Alana Nichols is the first female American athlete to win gold medals in both Summer and Winter Games. Nichols, who also plays wheelchair basketball, has been paralyzed since 2000.
 

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Andrew Weibrecht skis to a bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010.  (photo:  Wikipedia commons, photographer Kevin Pedraja)
Andrew Weibrecht skis to a bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010. (photo: Wikipedia commons, photographer Kevin Pedraja)

Bronze in hand, Weibrecht aims for Sochi

We've begun our countdown to the winter games in Sochi Russia, which open in February.

Once again, the North Country hopes to send some of America's top athletes to the games.

Skiers and sledders and jumpers from our region are already competing around the world trying to secure a spot on Team USA.

This morning, we profile Andrew Weibrecht from Lake Placid. He scored a bronze medal four years ago at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in the Super G downhill ski race.

But as Brian Mann reports, Weibrecht has struggled in recent years with injuries and illness.  Go to full article
Justin Olsen, second from left, with his 2010 "Nighttrain" teammates in Vancouver.  Photo: US ARMY, Tim Hipps

Bobsledder Justin Olsen fights to recapture Olympic gold

In the build-up to the Winter Olympics in Russia, North Country Public Radio will be profiling some of the athletes who live and train in northern New York.

For many hopeful Olympians, the final hundred days before the opening ceremony is a nervous time. They're struggling to bring their bodies to peak performance, while also fighting to win a place on the US team.

This morning, Brian Mann talks with Justin Olsen, an Army soldier and gold medal bobsled racer who spends much of each year in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Peter Frenette from Saranac Lake launches into space during the Flaming Leaves competition in Lake Placid. Photo: Mike Lynch, <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>, used by permission

North Country gears up for Russia Olympics

There are just about 100 days to go before the Winter Olympics in Russia. Once again this year, athletes from the North Country are expected to be in the running for medals.

Serious contenders from our region will be Nordic combined skier Billy Demong, a gold medalist four years ago in Vancouver.

Also, biathlon racer Tim Burke, downhill skier Andrew Weibrecht, biathlon skier Annelies Cook, of Saranac Lakeand and long-distance ski jumper Peter Frenette.  Go to full article

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